A Complete Success of 2023 Sports Meet
In the early morning of June 3, 2023, the vibrant energy of the early summer sun filled the air, and the fiery passion overflowed on the field. The colorful flags were fluttering and dancing at the Yatai Sports Stadium in Changchun City, accompanied by continuous cheers. The opening ceremony of the 2023 Sports Meet of the First Hospital of Jilin University began here.
After nearly five months of careful planning, extensive mobilization, and diligent preparation, a total of 5,913 staff and student athletes were divided into nine teams representing the Pediatric Department, Outpatient Department, Internal Medicine Department, Surgery Department, Lequn Campus, Administration Department, Logistics Department, Student Department, and Medical Consortium. They were dressed in unified uniforms of blue, purple, green, white, orange, yellow, red, pink, and gray, eagerly awaiting the start of the competition, positioned around the stadium.
At exactly 7 o'clock, the opening ceremony of the sports meet officially began. Xing Cheng, Secretary of the Party Group and Director of the Jilin Provincial Health Commission, Zhao Xian, Member of the Party Group and Deputy Mayor of Changchun City, Zhou Jifeng, Secretary of the Party Group and Director of the Changchun Municipal Medical Security Bureau, Mu Dapeng, Secretary of the Party Group and Director of the Jilin Provincial Sports Bureau, Zhang Xiaodong, Director of the Mass Sports Department, Song Shanglong, Chairman of the Yatai Group, Li Bin, Vice President and Chairman of the Labor Union, Du Haiyan, Deputy General Manager of Yatai Football Club, Jiang Zhiying, Secretary of the Party Committee of Jilin University, Zhao Guoqing, Member of the Party Committee, Vice President, and Dean of the Medical College of Norman Bethune, Li Hongming, Member of the Party Committee and Minister of the Propaganda Department, as well as leaders from the Jilin University Party Committee Office, Research Institute, Development Planning Department, Security Department, Medical College of Norman Bethune, Labor Union, and 26 affiliated hospitals of the First Hospital of Jilin University, representatives of former leaders and experts such as Rao Mingli, Yu Deshun, Zhang Donghang, Pan Guoqiang, Chang Yajie, Wang Yongxue, and all members of the party and government leadership team including Lyu Guoyue, Liu Bin, Tong Chengtao, Han Xiaohong, Yang Yi, Yu Jiaao, Wang Haifeng, Li Hongyan, Yang Chuanshe, Wu Wei, Zhang Songling, Niu Xinqiao, as well as leaders such as Gao Pu, Hua Shucheng, Wang Hongliang, and the entire expert contingent were seated on the rostrum. The opening ceremony was presided over by Liu Bin.
Amidst the inspiring music, the National Flag Team, Hospital Flag Team, Association Flag Team, Expert Team, Nursing Team, Referee Team, Athlete Team, and Community Team entered the field with firm and uniform strides. Qiu Wei, Qi Baochang, Chen Xinxin, and Xu Yinghui served as flag bearers for the National Flag Team, while Li Yanhua, Wang Pengju, Zhao Xiaoshuang, and Wang Wei served as flag bearers for the Hospital Flag Team. Guo Dandan, Lu Chunliu, Yang Xiaoquan, and Liu Yansong served as flag bearers for the Association Flag Team. Members of each team displayed a spirited and dignified appearance as they were reviewed by the rostrum and the audience. Their full spirits showcased the spirit of innovation, the belief in moving forward, the courage to pursue dreams, and the persistence in carrying forward the spirit of Norman Bethune, winning thunderous applause and cheers from the entire audience.
In the opening speech, Lyu Guoyue, on behalf of all the hospital staff, expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Jilin Provincial Party Committee and Government, Changchun Municipal Party Committee and Government, Provincial Health Commission, Municipal Medical Security Bureau, and other government departments at all levels, as well as the Jilin University Party Committee, for their guidance, trust, and care for the hospital over the years. He also thanked the Jilin Provincial Sports Bureau and Yatai Group for their strong support and professional guidance in the health and fitness activities of the hospital's faculty and staff, as well as the trust and recognition of the medical consortium units. He pointed out that the sports meet is an important platform for the entire hospital staff to summarize the past and look forward to the future, and it is also a crucial opportunity to demonstrate high spirits and the determination to move forward. A stable return should not mean complacency, and dynamic development requires seizing opportunities. He hoped that this sports meet would serve as a landmark event in the hospital's cultural construction, igniting a new era engine of positivity, unity, and progress, and empowering everyone to strengthen their ideals, reignite hope, and embrace new eras, new opportunities, and new challenges with the fullest spirit and most powerful actions. He called for making new and greater contributions to the high-quality development of the hospital, the construction of the "Double First-Class" university, the revitalization of Northeast China, and the Healthy China strategy, shouldering the heavy responsibility of medical progress and national rejuvenation with wisdom and strength.
During the opening ceremony, Mu Dapeng presented the "Advanced Unit in Mass Sports" medal to the First Hospital of Jilin University, and Tong Chengtao, as a representative of the hospital leadership, went on stage to receive the recognition.
With the familiar music playing, the hospital's micro-film, "Hope," was presented on the main screen, and five torchbearers from the Marathon Club ran into the field with torches symbolizing light, unity, friendship, peace, and justice. Rao Mingli took over the torch and walked towards the cauldron, with Yang Yi, representing the young experts, and Pan Lin, representing the medical students, escorting him. The three of them jointly lit the main torch, presenting the most beautiful scene of the three generations of old, middle-aged, and young people in the First Hospital of Jilin University carrying forward, advancing, and heading towards the future.
At exactly 8 o'clock, the first shot for the men's Group A 100-meter preliminary race echoed, marking the start of the sports competition. The athletes were full of spirit and high morale, rushing towards the finish line like arrows released from a bow. Accompanied by the resounding drums and enthusiastic cheers, the competitive events of the sports meet began in an orderly manner. Lyu Guoyue fired the gun for the women's Group A 100-meter preliminary race. On the field, every step of running, every sprint, jump, throw, and pass showcased the individual's style and the power of the team. Athletes of different ages and groups challenged themselves, surpassed their limits, and wholeheartedly strived for the collective honor.
With fan dances, jazz dances, group gymnastics, cheerleading, Tai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi sword, military fitness, and dance accompaniment, the sports meet was filled with 15 vibrant performances. Colorful ribbons soared, feather fans danced, graceful movements intertwined with vigorous actions, bringing infinite excitement to the venue.
"You have worked hard!" "We wish you all great achievements!" During the competition, all members of the hospital's leadership team took turns to express their gratitude and greetings to the teams and spectators. Their caring and encouraging words warmed the hearts of the audience, tightly uniting the thousands of people present.
The emergency medical rescue team also made an appearance, showcasing the hospital's strength in emergency rescue and the unique charm of being the "national team" in the Grade A hospitals. The activities throughout the day were well-organized and orderly. The venue was beautifully decorated, and the supplies were neatly arranged. The track was cleaned, the environment was kept tidy, and the safety and security work was timely. The qualifications of athletes were reviewed, event arbitration was fair and impartial, medal presentations, prize signings, and etiquette services were thoughtful and meticulous. Behind all this was a glorious battle filled with sweat and hard work. Since the preparations for the sports meet started at the end of January, the hospital's party committee led a working group that detailed the work into various aspects such as command, arbitration, qualification review, spiritual civilization evaluation, publicity, broadcasting, procurement, ceremony and awarding, opening ceremony, medical support, programs, logistics and security, secretary, and venue, providing comprehensive support for the successful hosting of the sports meet.
Passion intertwined with sweat, striving for both honor and achievement. After the exciting competition of more than 260 matches in 82 events, the Surgery Representative Team, Administrative Representative Team, and Lequn Representative Team took the top three places in total score. The Surgery Representative Team, Lequn Representative Team, and Student Representative Team received the Spirit of Civilization Award. Meihe Hospital Representative Team received the Outstanding Performance Award. The Administrative Representative Team received the Publicity and Reporting Award. The Pediatrics Representative Team received the Moral Fashion Award. The Internal Medicine Representative Team received the Sportsmanship Award. The Logistics Representative Team received the Special Contribution Award. The Outpatient Representative Team received the Excellent Organization Award.
Liu Bin presided over the closing ceremony of the sports meet. Lyu Guoyue, in his closing speech, affirmed that every athlete showed a positive, persevering, and upward-looking spirit. Once again, everyone was inspired by applause, cheers, songs, and laughter, igniting their love and pride for the hospital. He pointed out that this sports meet was a grand display of sports skills, physical and mental qualities, and spiritual outlook. It was a major review of work capabilities, unity, and comprehensive strength. It was also a great report on improving work style, maintaining close contact with the masses, and focusing on development with unity and determination. He hoped that everyone could take this as a new starting point, with firmer beliefs and greater enthusiasm, with the courage to break through and the persistence to continue, to create a new chapter for the high-quality development of the hospital. As the song "The Path of Medicine" echoed through the venue, the 2023 Sports Meet officially came to a close amidst the applause of the audience. The flame of hope never dies, and the spirit of progress is eternal. With their firmness and compassion, the people of the First Hospital of Jilin University will embark on a brilliant new journey with the trust and expectations of the masses.
Contributor: Xue Ao
Editor: Qin Nan
Proofreader: Yu Shanshan
Publisher: Publicity and Culture Office
Translator: Foreign Affairs Management Office, Department of Scientific Research and Development