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Poland ensures health of its Olympians at Beijing 2022******
WARSAW, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Polish Olympic Committee president Andrzej Krasnicki said that Poland "has done everything to ensure proper conditions for its athletes to attend the Winter Olympics in Beijing."
With 50 days before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, the Polish Olympic Committee organized a special press conference to talk about the logistics and preparations for Polish athletes to attend Beijing 2022.。
"The Polish Olympic Committee has clearly divided tasks. Together with the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, we ensure that our athletes can have the best conditions," Krasnicki said, adding that the top priority is ensuring the safety of the athletes while the pandemic continues to spread worldwide.。
"The Games are to be comfortable and safe for us. Our medical commission, the Central Sports Medicine Center, makes sure that the athletes leave the country healthy. We do everything to ensure that our athletes leave, participate in the event and return from the Olympic Games safely," Krasnicki added.。
China's Ambassador to Poland, Sun Linjiang, conveyed his wishes in a video speech to those gathered at the conference.。
"To offer a simple, safe and splendid Olympic Games is China's solemn promise to the world. The preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics are progressing well," the ambassador said.。
"International winter sports organizations highly value the facilities, sports teams, services and event organization. Thanks to the Olympic spirit and joint efforts of all parties, we are able to present a great Olympic Games to sports fans from all countries and regions, including Poland, and together we will promote the development of international sport," Sun added.。
Poland's Minister of Sport and Tourism, Kamil Bortniczuk, said that "We wanted to prepare the Polish national team for the Winter Olympics in Beijing without any problems. I can say with all responsibility that in cooperation with sports associations, this goal has been achieved."
"This year, as the delayed Tokyo Olympics were held, we had a chance to draw conclusions, evaluate and redesign certain activities. I believe the next Olympics, both winter and summer, will be full of success. Of course, I keep my fingers crossed for all the athletes who will compete in Beijing," Bortniczuk concluded. Enditem。
China's loan prime rates remain unchanged******
BEIJING, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- China's one-year loan prime rate (LPR), a market-based benchmark lending rate, came in at 3.85 percent Wednesday, unchanged from the previous month.
The over-five-year LPR, on which many lenders base their mortgage rates, also remained unchanged from the previous reading of 4.65 percent, according to the National Interbank Funding Center. Enditem
Feature: Chinese basketball player hoping for no regrets ahead of Australian debut******
CANBERRA, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Although he arrived in Australia more than 10 days ago, basketball player Liu Chuanxing has yet to see the country where he will spend the next two years.
Currently sequestered in hotel quarantine, he has a simple daily routine: sleeping, eating and exercising.
"Australia is a new starting point for me," said Liu, who signed a two-year deal with the Brisbane Bullets of Australia's National Basketball League (NBL) in September. "I will do my best and leave no regrets in my career."
This is the first time that Liu has played for a club outside China. At 2.25 meters tall, he will be the tallest player in NBL history, according the Brisbane Bullets' website.
Dubbed "Big Liu", he previously played for the Qingdao Eagles in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) in 2018, averaging 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds. Selected to play in the 2021 CBA All-Star Game, he is also a member of the Chinese national team.
Looking into the future, however, he expects more.
"I know that I'm lacking many things in my game to play at a higher level and I want to use this season and every practise to get better and be able to help China win games in FIBA competitions."
In a recent interview with Xinhua, Liu said that the Brisbane Bullets had given him lots of help.
"They cared about my life here and the coach, the general manager and the NBL chairman all sent their regards after my arrival," he said.
Most importantly, the club sent some equipment to his quarantine hotel in Melbourne to help him continue with his training program.
Liu wakes up early in the morning, usually at 6am, and begins training.
Indoor space is limited, so he uses an elastic rope and a portable water bag for strength exercises.
While his quarantine ends on Thursday and he is eager to "breathe the air" outside, Liu has a longer-term task: learning English.
He said his English is just basic at the moment. For communication, the club has found him an interpreter, and he himself is making efforts to improve his language skill.
Discussing why he chose the NBL, Liu said that the league was generally thought of as "of high level with fierce confrontations", which was what he needed.
"I have shortcomings in terms of physical confrontation," he said. "And in terms of technique and awareness, I definitely need to improve."
"This is a very good opportunity for me," Liu added. "I will try my best to learn and transform what I learn to my advantage."
Asked if he had plans to play in the NBA, which is the dream of many basketball players, Liu appeared pragmatic.
"What I am focusing on is the present, and on working hard now in Australia," he said. "I will start with defense and rebounds, contributing as much as I can to the club."
Liu's compatriot Zhou Qi has also arrived in Australia, signing a two-year deal with South East Melbourne Phoenix, and Liu said he was looking forward to facing Zhou. "He also encouraged me to work hard." Enditem