Iranians eye solidarity in Beijing Winter Olympics

Source:Xinhua 21-01-22 09:09 Updated BJT
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Iranian children painted live in an exhibition themed on the Beijing 2022, drawing the Winter Olympics Games in their minds.

By Gao Wencheng

TEHRAN, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Iranian children painted live in an exhibition themed on the Beijing 2022 Olympics, drawing the Winter Olympics Games in their minds.

Mohammad Mehdi Sadeghi, 12, was among 11 young painters who painted during this event. He said Olympics is "the symbol of joining all the five continents and playing with one another in peace."

He said the topic of his painting is "Flying Dreams." Like others, he also drew the Olympic rings, snowmen, and athletes in his painting. "Iran is a country with beautiful nature, and has many strong athletes," he said.

The painting by eight-year-old Hanieh Bayati was a focal point of the audience. In her painting, snowmen, as well as colorfully-dressed skaters, and skiers were painted as playing together on snow-capped mountains, while the Iranian and Chinese flags were flanked by five interlocking rings in different colors.

The exhibition also features other 44 Olympic-themed works from children painters in more than 20 cities in Iran, ranging from five to 17 years old.

Three Iranian skiers, who have booked their berth in the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics, also attended this exhibition. Atefeh Ahmadi, an Alpine skier, said that "it is wonderful to introduce the Olympics in Iran and demonstrate Olympic culture to the Iranians."

The upcoming Beijing 2022 will mark Ahmadi's first Olympics trip. "Every athlete strives for four years to reach the Olympics and does intensive training. I also put a lot of effort into these four years and did intensive training," she said.

"I'm glad I am into this big tournament and event," Ahmadi continued, adding that "my message is that in this great arena called the Olympics, which is the dream of every athlete, I hope the athletes will shine well in this Olympic arena."

"Beijing, we come. Together for a shared future," Ahmadi said in the interview, repeating the motto of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Hossein Saveh Shemshaki, an Alpine skier who has participated in two Olympics, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, told Xinhua that his expectation from this Beijing Olympics is that "after the coronavirus, which disrupted things all over the world, all the countries should be present and all the athletes should come and stand together as before so that we can witness the togetherness and friendship of nations."

As he could not win an Olympic quota in 2018, Saveh Shemshaki has tried to "train more regularly and intensively and participate in the 2022 Olympics in Beijing."

As the Chinese New Year is approaching, "I hope our Chinese friends have a great year and a very fruitful year with happiness, health, and success for the Chinese people," he said, adding he hopes that "people of all countries will live in peace together and with the people of other countries."

Seyed Sattar Seyd, who will compete in cross-country skiing, couldn't hide his excitement and kept taking pictures of children and their photographs. To be a four-time Olympian in Beijing, he said he is "happy to be able to represent Iran at the Olympics in China and expects those who come to China for the tournament to bring peace and friendship."

"I expect all those who come to the Olympics to join hands so that these competitions can be held well and that their message to the world should be peace and friendship," he added.

China's Ambassador to Iran Chang Hua said the works on display interpret the Olympic spirit from children's perspective, expressing Iranian children's sincere wishes for the Beijing Winter Olympics. He hopes that the Iranians will achieve a good result in Beijing.

In the course of preparation, China has received strong support and help from the international community and good wishes from friends from all over the world, including Iran, Chang said, adding that the Beijing Winter Olympics will "build a bridge of friendship and a platform for cooperation between the Chinese people and people of other countries."

Reza Salehi Amiri, president of Iran's National Olympic Committee, said he and Iranian Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Hamid Sajjadi will join the athletes in their presence in China.

"Our presence has two messages: we consider sports as a platform for the development of relations between nations; no one can disrupt the will of nations for solidarity," he said.

Editor: zhangrui
21-01-22 09:09 BJT
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