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Countdown to Beijing 2022******
BEIJING, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Winter Olympic Village for Beijing 2022 is expected to open on January 27, 2022, said a senior Beijing 2022 organizing committee (BOCOG) official on Wednesday.
"Next year on January 27, the Winter Olympic Village will be open to welcome all Games participants from all over the world," Zhang Jiandong, vice mayor of Beijing and executive vice president of BOCOG, told a press conference in Beijing.
Discussing Chinese athletes' preparation for Beijing 2022, Li Yingchuan, deputy director of the State General Administration of Sport of China, said, "At present, China has 29 national training teams in winter sports with 480 athletes going all out to prepare for the Beijing Winter Olympics."
Li said that China had only been engaged in two-thirds of the 109 Winter Games events when Beijing won the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in 2015 while at Beijing 2022 China will try its best to participate in all the events.
According to Li, though many Chinese teams have not participated in international competitions for a long time due to the pandemic, athletes have been training in all events. "All athletes will strive to show their best at Beijing 2022."
Wang Meimei, vice executive director of the China Disabled Persons' Federation said, "We will draw on our experience of pandemic prevention and control at the Tokyo Paralympics and carry on strict COVID-19 countermeasures for the participants of the Beijing Games."
"China's Winter Paralympic delegation will try to participate in more international events in the coming months," added Wang. Enditem
Aussie kid kidnapping caught on recording******
The man suspected of abducting a 4-year-old Australian girl "acted alone," police said yesterday, as they released an audio recording of the moment she was rescued.。
Cleo Smith disappeared from her family's tent in remote Western Australia last month, sparking a frantic air, land and sea search.。
She was missing for 18 days until being rescued in a night raid on an empty home in the coastal town of Carnarvon – just a short drive from where she went missing.。
A 36-year-old man was arrested nearby and is expected to be charged later yesterday after sustaining unspecified injuries in custody and being treated in hospital.。
Lead investigator, detective superintendent Rod Wilde said police will allege he "acted solely alone" in abducting the little girl.。
"He's back at the police station now speaking to officers at the moment," Wilde said.。
Police did not reveal what charges he was facing.。
Many had feared the search for Cleo Smith would end in tragedy, but the discovery of her "alive and well" sparked elation Down Under, with police admitting "seasoned detectives" were "openly crying with relief."
The force yesterday released audio recording of the rescue, in which officers can be heard urgently trying to affirm her identity.。
"We've got her," "you're alright" excited police are heard to say, before another asks "what's your name? What's your name? What's your name, sweetheart."
Brazil shines in pool at Junior Pan American Games******
CALI, Colombia, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Brazil continued its impressive start to the Junior Pan American Games with another nine gold medals on Saturday, including five in swimming.。
The South American nation also clinched three victories in Judo and one in canoeing on the second day of competition. The results took Brazil's overall gold medal tally to 19, four more than second-placed United States and five ahead of hosts Colombia.。
In one of the day's most eagerly awaited events, Mexican 17-year-old Osmar Olvera won gold in the one-meter springboard. His compatriot and fellow 17-year-old Kevin Munoz took silver while Carson Tyler of the United States claimed bronze.。
Jalisco-born Olvera has had a breakthrough year after being the youngest diver in Mexico's team at the Tokyo Olympics. He first rose to prominence by winning six gold medals at Mexico's national championships in 2019.。
Cuba enjoyed a successful day, with three gold medals: Katherin Nuevo (canoeing, C1 200m), Omar Cruz (judo, 100kg) and Thalia Narino (judo, 78kg).。
Meanwhile, Aruba clinched an unlikely gold medal when Patrick Gerardo won the 200m backstroke ahead of Mexico's Diego Camacho and Guatemala's Erick Oswaldo. Enditem。