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Chinese Vocabulary for the (Postponed) 2020 Olympic Games Posted by on Jul 20, 2020 in festivals, sports

The Olympic Games (奥运会 ào yùn huì) are the world’s biggest celebration of sport. More than 200 nations participate in the foremost international sporting event. For a couple of weeks, people from all over the world engage together in fair competitions and athletic skills. The international festival aims to promote solidarity and respect, and to rejoice over our shared humanity.

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Thousands of athletes compete in the Olympic Games. 11,238 athletes from 207 countries, for example, participated in the Summer Olympic Games held in Rio in 2016. But the Olympic delegations consist not only of athletes, but of trainers, doctors, and managers as well. And they all followed by journalists, politicians, tourists, and massive audience. The host city (主办城市 zhǔ bàn chéng shì) streets are usually flooded with huge numbers of people, all celebrating the international sporting festival.

Host cities have traditionally been chosen by the International Olympic Committee (国际奥委会 guó jì ào wěi huì) members who vote seven years before the Games. The Olympic Games take place over 16 days, but the event requires years of preparation. Following years of planning and organizing, new venues and stadiums are established, transportation systems are added and improved, residence halls are built, and intense security arrangements are introduced.

In 2013, the committee awarded Tokyo (东京 Dōngjīng), Japan the honor to serve as the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Japan soon started to get ready for the coming Games.

On March 20, 2020, the Olympic Flame (奥运火种 ào yùn huǒ zhòng) arrived in Japan. Four days later, and only four months before the Olympic Games were originally scheduled to take place, an unprecedented decision was made. As the coronavirus invaded every corner of the globe, capsizing daily life, and the world grappled with its impact, the International Olympic Committee announced (宣布 xuān bù) a postponement. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Olympic Games were postponed (推迟 tuī chí), for the first time in their history.

In the present circumstances, the International Olympic Committee President, and the Prime Minister (首相 shǒu xiàng) of Japan have concluded that the Games in Tokyo must be rescheduled (改期 gǎi qī). The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were to be postponed by a year, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community. It was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan, and  that the Games will keep the name (名称 míng chēng) Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

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Use the new text vocabulary to read the following text:


 本届赛事为史上首届延期举行的奥运会。 2020东京奥运会于2021年7月23日至8月8日举行。国际奥委会主席表示:“目前人类处在昏暗的通道中。2020年东京奥运会能够在通道的另一头点亮。”

2013 nián, guó jì ào wěi huì xuān bù 2020 nián ào yùn huì de zhǔ bàn chéng shì shì Dōngjīng. Sài shì yuán jì huà yú 2020 nián 7 yuè 24 rì zhì 8 yuè 9 rì jǔ xíng, bù guò yóu yú shòu dào 2019 guān zhuàng bìng dú bìng yì qíng yǐng xiǎng,2020 nián 3 yuè 24 rì, guó jì ào wěi huì yǔ Rìběn shǒu xiàng què rèn Dōngjīng ào yùn huì jiāng gǎi qí zhì 2020 nián hòu. Liǎng wèi lǐng dǎo rén yī zhì tóng yì ào yùn huǒ zhòng jiāng liú zài Rìběn, Dōngjīng 2020 nián ào yùn huì de míng chēng bù biàn.

Běn jiè sài shì wèi shǐ shàng shǒu jiè yán qí jǔ xíng de ào yùn huì. 2020 Dōngjīng ào yùn huì yú 2021 nián 7 yuè 23 rì zhì 8 yuè 8 rì jǔ xíng. Guó jì ào wěi huì zhǔ xí biǎo shì:“Mù qián rén lèi chù zài hūn àn de tōng dào zhōng. 2020 nián Dōngjīng ào yùn huì néng gòu zài tōng dào de lìng yī tóu diǎn liàng.”

In 2013, the International Olympic Committee announced Tokyo as the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games. The sport event was originally planned to be held from July 24 to August 9, 2020. But, due to the 2019 coronavirus disease epidemic, on March 24, 2020, the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese Prime Minister confirmed that the Tokyo Olympics will be rescheduled to after 2020. The two leaders agreed that the Olympic flame will remain in Japan, and the name of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will remain unchanged.

It’s the first Olympic Competition in history to be postponed. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The International Olympic Committee president said: Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games can be a light at the end of this tunnel.


Text vocabulary

奥运会 ào yùn huì = Olympic Games

主办 zhǔ bàn = to host, to sponsor

主办城市 zhǔ bàn chéng shì = host city

国际奥委会 guó jì ào wěi huì = International Olympic Committee

东京 Dōngjīng = Tokyo

奥运火种 ào yùn huǒ zhòng = Olympic flame

宣布 xuān bù = to announce

推迟 tuī chí = to postpone, to put off

首相 shǒu xiàng = prime minister

改期 gǎi qī = to reschedule

名称 míng chēng = name


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Summer Olympics

Chinese Vocabulary – Summer Olympics



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