More than 1,500 creative proposals were received for the concept of the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games’ opening and closing ceremonies, as a result of an open worldwide call earlier this year.
This week, the Organising Committee of the next summer edition of the Games released the results, the sheer number of which set a record of sorts for sports events in the People’s Republic of China.
From 16 January 31 May 2020, a total of 1,597 proposals were received from all around the world, with the creators ranging from five years old to 79-years-old. The majority of the submission were from university students and professional agencies.
Chen Weiya and Jia Ding, the General Director of the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony respectively, led the evaluation of proposals, a process that started in June.
Most of the shortlisted proposals shared the idea of combining the traditional Bashu (an ancient name of Sichuan) culture with modern science and technology. The two ceremony directors are currently reviewing the shortlisted proposals. The 200 shortlisted proposals will be rewarded with free tickets to Chengdu’s main tourist attractions.
Finally, the best 20 entries will receive an ‘Outstanding Award’ as well as round-trip tickets to visit Chengdu, a five-day stay and admission to the opening ceremony of the FISU World University Games. The top 10 entries will receive a ‘Gold Award’ and RMB100,000, as well as an official invitation to the Games.
Meanwhile, the Chengdu 2021 Brand Promotion team made its fourth stop in the city of Zhuhai, with a press conference themed ‘New Collaboration, New Power’. Here, the Kingsoft Office software developer signed a contract with the Executive Committee of the Games to become the official exclusive supporter of office software for the Games.
A new series of cultural-creative official licensed products in Chinese style was also released and presented with the Games’ mascot, the panda named Rongbao.
Kingsoft Office released its brand-new paperless shared internet office products. Zhang Qingyuan, the CEO of Kingsoft, said “Kingsoft Office will help Chengdu to hold a sustainable and shared World University Games, give a boost to smart sports events, and thus improve the image of the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games.”