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Drawing Strength to Strive in the Future, Fulfilling Youthful Dreams | Speech by Party Secretary and President Cao Weidong at the 2021 Graduation Ceremony

Dear Students and teachers,

Today is meant to be an unforgettable day. I sincerely congratulate all of you for finishing your studies and having your own graduation ceremony. On behalf of the University, I would like to extend my sincere congratulation to 2279 undergraduates and 923 postgraduates of the Class of 2021. I also want to extend my sincere respect and heartfelt thanks to parents who have worked so hard to nurture you, teachers and coaches who have taught you a lot!

Two years ago, General Secretary Xi Jinping wrote back to our 2016 postgraduate championship class, raising high expectations for all BSU students. In the past two years, we have responded comprehensively to the national strategies of strong sports nation, strong education nation and healthy China, accelerated the construction of a world-class sports university with Chinese characteristics and a national base for training high-level competitive sports talents, and let the spirit of the reply letter take root in our university.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC). History will not forget that the CPC was born at a time of internal and external troubles for the China. After 28 years of bloody battles, it overthrew the rule of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucratic capitalism in China, led the people to establish a new China, and achieved the great leap of the Chinese nation to stand up. History will not forget that our Party led the people of all nationalities to carry out a socialist revolution, establish the basic socialist system and promote the great revolution of reform and opening up, which led to a significant improvement in the people's livelihood and a significant increase in comprehensive national power. History will never forget that since the 18th Party Congress, the Party Central Committee has persistently promoted the a five-pronged approach and coordinated the "four comprehensives " , pushing forward the Party and the State to make historic achievements and ushering in a great leap forward for the Chinese nation.

Along with the advancement of the Chinese nation, Chinese sport has also written an extraordinary history of struggle. In 1917, Mao published "A Study of Sports", proposing that "if we want to civilize our spirit, we must first barbarize our bodies" and stating that "sports are of the utmost importance to us". "In the early years of the founding of China, Mao wrote "Develop sports and strengthen the physical fitness of the people", which emphasize the importance of Chinese sports into the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. ". From 1932, when Liu Changchun crossed the ocean to participate in the Olympic Games, to 1952, when the five-star red flag was flown for the first time in Helsinki, to 1981, when the Chinese women's volleyball team won the world championship, to 1984, when Xu Haifeng achieved a breakthrough of zero Chinese Olympic gold medals... ...to 2008, when we successfully hosted the Beijing Olympics, and next year, when we will host the Beijing Winter Olympics. Chinese sport has enriched the historical mission of saving the Chinese nation and helping the Party and the country to achieve full glory.

We will always share the same fate with the Party and the country; wt will always share the same development and glory with Chinese sports. Since its inception, Beijing Sports University has carried the mission of strengthening the nation internally and striving for national glory externally, and has been highly valued and cared for by successive generations of Party and State leaders. Generations of Beijng sportsmen and women have adhered to the "Xian Nong Tan Spirit" of hard work and entrepreneurship, and have joined the beautiful banks of the Xiao Qing River, exploring and exploring in the face of difficulties. In its nearly 70 years of operation, the school has trained more than 100,000 outstanding talents for the Party and the country, leading Chinese sports education forward. Standing at a new historical starting point, the school will firmly grasp the historical opportunities of the new era, integrate its development into the grand blueprint of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, adhere to the goal and positioning of "university + base", accelerate the transformation and development of the school, and enhance the mission of serving the country and strengthening the nation.

Four years ago, a letter of acceptance linked you to Beijing Sport University, and today, a graduation certificate records the footprints of your journey with Beijing Sport University. In the past four years, you and BSU have made the "8 minutes of Beijing" at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games astonish the world, you and BSU have made the "Long Live Youth" formation at the 70th National Day full of vigour, you and BSU have fought against the new epidemic together, you and BSU have made the preparatory activities for the Beijing Winter Olympic Games a success.

On the centenary of the founding of the Party, we are pleased to see that more and more students from the BSU have chosen to devote their youth to the great cause of the Party and the country. This year, 28 of our graduates are preparing for the Tokyo Olympics and the Beijing Winter Olympics. This year, 65 of our graduates have enlisted in the army to serve the Party and the country with loyalty. This year, 11 of our graduates have applied for the special recruitment in Xinjiang and Tibet. This year, 350 of our graduates have chosen to work at the grassroots level. The BSU is looking forward to you are expected to grow and become successful in your practical experience and build a successful career in the wide world. You should know that, in fact, where you are, BSU will be there for you. It is the students who bring the spirit and traditions of BSU to the world, continuing the glory of generations of BSUer!

The great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is unstoppable. I hope that you will draw spiritual nourishment, guidance of faith and strength to move forward from the century-old history of the Party. I hope that you will cherish your youth and live up to your expectations, so that you can shine in the new journey of national rejuvenation and building a strong nation.

Finally, I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavours!