Monday, July 12, 2010

Sunny outlook for Asian Games

Guangzhou, China: No major sports event could function smoothly without the assistance of the ubiquitous volunteers. Take the Asian Games clay pigeon shooting test event, for example, being held this week at the Guangzhou Shotgun Centre in the Zengcheng mountains.The first day of the three-day competition was Wednesday, and the presence of so many keen and green-shirted volunteers made a big contribution to the occasion.

For them it was a learning experience, too, so that by the time the 16th Asian Games come around in November they will know every aspect of the organisation and protocol, and every nook and cranny of the striking new venue.

Lin Mingmei, whose English name is Sunny, is a shining example of the volunteer sprit at the clay pigeon shooting training centre.

“I want to help this competition because it is an honour for Guangzhou and for China to host the Asian Games,” said the 22-year-old Sunny. “I want to do something for the people.”

Sunny’s preparations have included studying the technical side of shooting, so she is familiar with the various disciplines that will be contested in November.

“And here at the test event we will check on the process of the competition and learn about what we will have to do in the Asian Games.”

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