The Bolivian Ministry of Health and Sports held a departure ceremony on Nov 27 to celebrate its delegation's participation in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, which will open on Feb 4, 2022.
Chinese Ambassador to Bolivia Huang Yazhong and Bolivian Minister of Health and Sports Jeyson Auza, as well as athlete and media representatives attended the ceremony.
Huang said China and Bolivia have had frequent sports and cultural exchanges in recent years. China helped Bolivia successfully hold the 11th South American Games in 2018 through the first and second rounds of its sports technical assistance program for Bolivia.
He added that China will take the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games as an opportunity to implement the third round of sports technical assistance and help the Bolivian winter Olympic team take part in the event.
After the outbreak of COVID-19 in Bolivia, China provided a large number of vaccines and medical supplies to help Bolivia fight the pandemic, Huang said, adding that China is willing to continue friendly cooperation with Bolivia in various fields, including sports and cultural exchanges, to enhance the friendship between the two peoples and make unremitting efforts and new contributions to promote the building of a China-Bolivia community with a shared future.
Auza thanked China for helping the delegation train in China and participate in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. He said that he hopes the athletes will bring Bolivia's culture and spirit to China and spread the purpose and concept of Olympic unity, friendship and peace on behalf of Bolivia.
Auza wished the athletes excellent results and a successful Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
The first group of Bolivian athletes arrived in China on Nov 30.