Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping addresses the mobilization gathering of the volunteers for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, at the Workers' Gymnasium in Beijing, capital of China, May 4, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
BEIJING, May 4 (Xinhua) -- The volunteers corps for
the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics was officially launched here on Sunday as
the games' chief organizer, Liu Qi, handed the team its flag at a rally.
Vice President Xi Jinping, a member of the Political
Bureau Standing Committee of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of
China (CPC), addressed the gathering, which was attended by more than 6,000
He urged Olympics volunteers to be "promoters of the
Olympic spirit" and "practitioners of the volunteer service concept," as well as
"representatives of China's peaceful development image."
He also urged participants to contribute to holding a
"unique and high-level" event.
The volunteers corps of the Beijing Olympics and
Paralympics has 100,000 Games-time volunteers, 400,000 city volunteers and more
than 1 million social volunteers.
City volunteers will work at designated locations
across the host city, mainly to help overseas visitors overcome the language
barrier, while the social volunteers will mainly offer services at local
There will also be hundreds of thousands of volunteer
cheerleaders during the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games, which will run
from Aug. 8-24 and Sept. 6-17, respectively.