October 10, a meeting was held in Beijingon to celebrate the 60th founding anniversary of the “August 1′ Sports Work Team of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) (八一体育工作大队). Xu Caihou, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), was present at the meeting.
Li Jinai, member of the CMC and director of the PLA General Political Department, also attended and addressed the meeting.
Before the meeting, Xu Caihou met with all the officers and men of the “August1”Sports Work Team, and all previous senior leaders, senior coaches and well-known athletes of the team. He fully affirmed the outstanding achievements of the team since its establishment 60 years ago, and extended warm congratulations to the 60th anniversary of the team’s foundation.
Since its establishment 60 years ago, the “August1”Sports Work Team has won over 2,500 championships successively in the important international, Asian and national competitions, and broken world or Asian records for 280-odd times.During the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, the teamachieved the best ever results with 5 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 3 bronze medals. The team trained more than 1,700 outstanding athletes and coaches for Chinese national teams in succession.
Wang Shibin and Liu Huadi