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John Ian Wing's Olympic Dream
    2008-07-17 18:16:25     CRIENGLISH.com

A Chinese student from Melbourne, John Ian Wing, brought about a change in 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Since the Games were staged during a time of increasing world tension, the then 17-year-old apprentice carpenter wrote to the IOC, asking it to change the closing ceremony.

He said that during the closing ceremony, the athletes should walk, not in their national teams, but as a massed group, to show their common humanity and unity in sports.

Former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch invites John Ian Wing to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne in 1992. [Photo: National Library of Australia Canberra]

Thanks to his suggestion, it was the first time in the history of mankind that all athletes, regardless of their nationalities were allowed to came together to join and intermingle as one nation. Our reporter Chen Zhe talked to him to find out more.


1.How did the idea of writing a letter to IOC come to you?

2.Was it difficult to get your suggestion approved?

3.Your understanding about Olympics and its relationship with politics?Your suggestions to Beijing Olympic Games?

4.Your suggestions to young people in China?What can they do to make more contribution to Olympic Games?

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