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Cheerleaders to stir up spirit of spectators

China has mobilised some two lakh cheerleaders in an effort to stir up the spirit of spectators and any national team that needs morale boosting at the upcoming Beijing Olympics. The number of cheerleading volunteers is said to be the largest in Olympics history.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Beijing
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2008 01:05 PM IST

China has mobilised some two lakh cheerleaders in an effort to stir up the spirit of spectators and any national team that needs morale boosting at the upcoming Beijing Olympics.

The number of cheerleading volunteers is said to be the largest in Olympics history.

"The volunteer cheering squads have been trained and will lead a vast number of spectators in creating a festive atmosphere for the Games," officials of the organising committee told reporters.

As the Games is approaching, "volunteers are receiving an intense training", Shen Qianfan, Deputy Director of the Coordinating Group of Beijing Organising Committee of Olympic Games (BOCOG) Volunteer Department said.

The volunteers have been drawn from the communities, companies, enterprises, high schools and universities to "promote a civilised way of watching the Games", Shen said.

China has also recruited one million social volunteers to provide services during the Games in communities, towns and townships, public areas around the Olympic venues and along the traffic routes.

"The aim was to create a "harmonious and beautiful environment and maintain a peaceful and stable social order," the officials said.

Social volunteers are deployed to work in 10 different areas, including maintenance of traffic order, city transport operation, security patrol, medical service and ecological protection.

In addition, during the Olympics and Paralympics, one lakh volunteers would provide direct services to both the Games and four lakh would provide information consultation, language interpretation and emergency aid services in Beijing and around Olympic venues.

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