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  Countrywomen embroiders Olympic pouch   

  

 

Since the day that China won the bid for the 2008 Olympic Games, a country woman in
Zibo, north China's Shandong Province, began to embroider pouches in celebration of the upcoming Beijing Olympics, the Xinhua News Agency reports Monday.

By mid-October of this year, she had made 1,880 pouches.

Hou decided to embroider a pouch per day to cheer for China's athletes on hearing the news that China won the bid for the 2008 Olympic Games. But Hou's husband was concerned about her health, wondering if she could manage to keep up the pace for seven years. Hou said she could do it as long as she was determined to do so.

So far, she's done what she said she would. The first pouch was made an hour after her decision, which was embroidered with the exact time of the special date, "22.10, July, 13, 2001". Since then, Hou has persevered working an average of one hour a day.

Hou's pouches memorialize Chinese champions in various previous sports events. For example, during the 2004 Athens Olympics, she made a pouch, embroidered with "shooting champion Du Li clinches the first gold medal for China -August, 13, 2004" and one reading, "weightlifting champion Chen Yanqing won the eighth gold medal-August, 1st, 2004."

At days without matches during the Athens Olympics, she sewed encouraging slogans such as "fighting for the Olympics", and "Olympic champions". On July, 14, 2002, Hou designed a special pouch in order to celebrate the anniversary of the successful bid for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

"I am just hoping that our athletes can achieve more in the upcoming Beijing Games, even though they may be not aware of what I am doing for the Olympics."

 

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