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The flame Chinese National Games was ignited in Tianjin
Published on: 2017-08-07
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020The flame for the 13th Chinese National Games was ignited by 2012 Olympic weightlifting champion Lyu Xiaojun on Sunday in Tianjin.

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Under a clear sky, Lyu used a concave mirror to focus the sun's rays and light the torch at a ceremony held at the Siyuan square, located at the Sanchakou of Haihe River which is considered the origin of Tianjin.

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The flame then was transferred into a specially made lamp and will be kept in the lamp before the torch relay starts on Tuesday.

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China introduced torch ceremony into the National Games from the fourth edition in 1979 and from then on, this ceremony has become an important part of the Games.

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The 13th Chinese National Games will take place in Tianjin from August 27 to September 8. Nearly 10,000 athletes will be competing in the quadrennial event.

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