China’s National Games: live updates from opening ceremony in Xian

President Xi Jinping is present to officially open the National Games of China in the northwestern city of Xian, in a key test of the country’s Covid-19 defences in the countdown to next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing.Held in their present form since 1959, the four-yearly games feature almost all the same sporting events as the Summer Olympics. China’s domestic version, in which athletes compete for their provinces, is expected to continue until September 27.The South China Morning Post is…


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