Close-up: Brighter than the plateau sunshine, are the smiling faces of children

Xinhua News Agency, Qamdo, Tibet, August 3. (Reporters Ding Wenxian, Huang Yaoman) In the afternoon in Qamdo, Tibet, the sun was shining brightly, and large white clouds hung in the sky.

When you stop a Tibetan child, before you speak, hula la, a large group of children rushed up.

A dozen pairs of clear eyes look at you, and a dozen innocent smiling faces surround you.

Qamdo is located in eastern Tibet, in the southern section of the Hengduan Mountains. There is no high-speed rail here. It takes two days to drive from Lhasa. Even by plane, it takes more than two hours to hover in the majestic mountains to reach the city.

Qamdo means “the confluence of two rivers” in Tibetan. The two rivers, the yellow Angqu and the green Zhaqu, meet here and roll down, which is called the Lancang River. On the water plaza where the two rivers meet, the China Skating Association brought a skating lesson to the students of Daye Central Primary School on the 2nd.

As soon as the class started, laughter broke out. Zhang Shaoyang, director of the training office of the China Skating Association and champion of the Asian Short Track Speed ​​Skating Championships, led everyone to warm up through game-like interspersed running. Running and running, the team was chaotic, the children huddled together, and smiles bloomed on more and more faces.

When it came time to experience the skateboard, the atmosphere was even more lively, and everyone rushed to practice. Just watching his little friend swing his arms and kick his legs, the 12-year-old Baima Zhuoga was so happy that he couldn’t keep his mouth shut. Like her classmates, Baima Droga has never skated, and her regular physical activity is skipping rope. As for what kind of Winter Olympics she likes to watch, she thought for a long time before whispering, “Short track speed skating.” For children who grew up in the snow-covered plateau, the Beijing Winter Olympics are both near and far.

Leading teacher Luo Songquxi introduced that due to limited conditions, most of the students in physical education classes usually engage in basketball, football, badminton, table tennis and other sports. “Probably only seen it on TV”. She also affirmed that in recent years, with the preparation and holding of the Winter Olympics, winter sports have gradually entered everyone’s field of vision.

Although it was the first time to come into contact with skating, Zhang Shaoyang was pleasantly surprised by the performance of the children: “The students have a high degree of participation, the courage to try, and a strong learning ability. After just two hours of experience, the students They have been able to master a few basic movements of skating, and take the initiative to ponder and practice repeatedly at intervals.”

This week, Zhang Shaoyang, as a member of the sports volunteer service team of the “Always Follow the Party” volunteer service team, He has taught students many times in Lhasa and Qamdo, and popularized skating and roller skating among young people. The China Skating Association also donated roller skates and skating teaching materials to many schools and the Children’s Palace.

In each class, in addition to practical exercises, Qi Jun, director of the Youth Development Office of the China Skating Association, will also introduce the development history of Chinese skating to the children and the performance of the Chinese delegation at the Beijing Winter Olympics , the difference between short track speed skating and speed skating, etc., and set up a question and answer session to test students’ mastery of knowledge.

Jie Jun introduced that the association just took the opportunity of this event to promote the “rooting plan”. Launched in 2020, the plan includes talent rooting, a four-season sports-education integration event platform, an elite scientific research system, as well as technology, finance, and industrial systems. It aims to play the professional role of the industry sports association and promote youth cultural learning and physical exercise coordination. Development, help young people master skating skills and enhance physical fitness.

The association is also committed to promoting the integrated development of ice wheels, and is building short track speed roller skating training and ice wheel star events. “This time, we also brought short-track speed roller skating to Tibet, allowing children in places without ice rinks to experience the commonalities of roller skating and skating through roller skating, so as to better transition to ice sports.” Qi Jun introduced.

In the words of Li Yan, chairman of the China Skating Association, I hope to spread love and hope throughout the country with the “Rooted Plan”, convey the spirit of the Beijing Winter Olympics, and demonstrate the power of sports to educate people.

Sports can be a window into a bigger world for children.

At the end of the event, the reporters were surrounded by the children who were still not satisfied, with shy and bright smiles on their faces.

“Have you been to Lhasa?” “Have been!” There was a cheer.

“Have you been to places other than Tibet?” No one spoke.

“Want to go out and take a look?”

Standing on the square and looking towards the river, the yellow and green water flows clearly. But they are just as magnificent, and they will eventually gallop into the sea.