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The official Olympic cheer

This segment from CCTV's Network News introduces an authoritative, four-part Olympic Cheer. Go Olympics! Go Beijing! See below for detailed instructions.

The cheer is a joint product of the Party Office of Spiritual Civilization Development and Guidance (GODPP), the Ministry of Education, BOCOG, and CCTV. Here's an illustrated guide, which will appear on television and promotional posters in the near future:


Step 1: Clap two times (while chanting 奥运, "Olympics")
Step 2: Hands in fists with thumbs up, arms extended upward (while chanting, 加油, "Let's go!")
Step 3: Clap two time (while chanting 中国, "China")
Step 4: Hands in fists, arms extended outward and upward (while chanting 加油, "Let's go!")

Li Ning, president of the Beijing Etiquette Institute, described how the cheer can be adapted to different contexts (from The Beijing News):

At yesterday's ceremony, Li Ning explained that the uniformity of the cheer contained a multitude of variations. It could be "Go Olympics! Go China!" as well as "Go China! Go Yao Ming!" or "Go Brazil! Go Ronaldino!" It will work to give encouragement to every country and athlete in competition.

She said that the civilized cheer "Go Olympics! Go China!" expresses the "Citius, Altius, Fortius" Olympic spirit and is in line with general international principles for cheering, while at the same time possessing characteristics of Chinese culture. Overall, the cheer unites both gestures and words into a smooth, flowing whole.

The Beijing News also reports that students across the country will be trained in the cheer, particularly the 800,000 students who will watch the games on-site. In addition, 448 volunteers will lead spectators in the cheer at both the Olympics and Paralympics.

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I love it! Classic top-down China, one cheer for all!

Hmmm, kinda reminds me of videos of the Shah of Iran on parade in his city with paid-for citizen admirers clapping perfectly in sync with each other, kinda spooky really.
So, this cheer "is in line with general international principles for cheering?" Weird, I didn't even know such a thing existed!

I presume that the official approval process (how do you qualify for that job?) also included some provisions for measurement and maintenance of cheer performance quality control, so as to ensure that the "hired cheering squads' " (try to look them up in the Yellow Pages) performances remain "smooth and civilised"? Is knowledge of the official cheer also going to be part of the new requesits for getting a tourist visa?

Actually, I don't see how this could be in line with general international principles of cheering because those principles require some element of creativity - something this cheer has no semblance of whatsoever...and why is the BOCOG spending any more than 30 seconds on this topic. Don't they have more pressing issues to take care of? Classic China indeed.

'civilized cheer', this is very werid...a cheer is a cheer...why have to make it more civilized...I am not going to learn this, plus... I know how to cheer, in my way...

I am always amazed at the government's ability to take the fun out of anything. Incredible.

I watched Olympic cheering practice for workers at a factory a few months ago. It was indeed truly weird, but it has to be said the participants seemed to enjoy themselves greatly. I think the government is concerned that Chinese spectators, many of whom are not experienced in watching, say, premier league football games, might not quite know what to do, and either take a lead from the European mentors they see on TV and begin hurling racist abuse at the athletes, or revert to the China of their childhoods and starting chanting in unison "Smash the imperialist running dogs!"
This would not be good.

See "Loyalty Dance-Cultural Revolution" for more evidence of how 30 years of reform haven't completely erased China's Maoist heart

I guess there are so many people in China that each one cheering in their own way would create too much chaos. Can't have that many individuals being, well, individually creative in their "yells." I always thought that an elongated hollered version of "yeaaaaaaaa" was sufficient for a cheer. But that probably just shows what I know about an extremely government-structured life.

I dont see the point to this, unless the objective is to make china robotic.

...I wonder if the authorities will shoot those who dont follow the cheer as well as the people who campaign against the communist government.

And I thought the international cheer was the "Mexican Wave". After all, it's performed at just about every sporting event I've ever been to. Maybe they could call this the "Chinese Wave". NOT!!!

I like what Alex said:

"I dont see the point to this, unless the objective is to make china robotic.

...I wonder if the authorities will shoot those who dont follow the cheer as well as the people who campaign against the communist government."

I think that China exercises to much power and restraint over it's citizens. The poeple of The "People's Republic of China" need to learn to stand up for their rights.

Ahh, such wonderful, spiteful, condescending comments we have from the democratic westerners. Really makes you think, doesn't it? Such a fine example to live up to.

Clap two time "中国" (China)

Hands in fists, arms extended outward toward Howard "加自由", ("Add freedom!")

My point exactly. How do you expect the chinese to take advice from foreigners seriously when we are being childish to them?

I apologize to Howard for the childish comment suggesting a slight modification to the official Olympic cheer (奥运加油,中国加自由).

I didn't really realize that Danwei comments from foreigners are supposed to contain serious advice for Chinese to take.

I hereby post serious advice for the Beijing Etiquette Institute to take, beginning with variations of the official Olympic cheer:

Yao Ming and Ronaldinho will have enough people cheering for them, but what about Chinese Taipei's ping pong players? Shouldn't Beijingers learn the proper etiquette for cheering them as well?
中华加油! 张雁书加油! Please note that Chinese Taipei athletes romanize their names with the Wade-Giles system, so although Chang Yen-shu's surname in English looks like the pinyin for 常 (Chang) it's actually 张 (Zhang) in proper putonghua.
It might also be a good idea for Chinese fans to learn how to say "Go Chinese Taipei!" in English, since 中国台北 might offend athletes and guests from Taiwan province.
Here's my advice: At all athletic arenas where Chinese Taipei athletes are competing, organize Olympic volunteers to hand out cards
instructing Chinese fans how to correctly pronounce "Go Chinese Taipei" using the following Chinese characters "狗豺你死台呸!"

Have a harmonious Olympics!

I heard on yahoo.co.jp that the new rule says that fans arent allowed to have any cheer banners, for an example a banner saying "Go Japan" is banned as well as a banner saying 中国加油 or "Go China." I also heard that you cannot have a group of people wearing the same thing.

From http://dailynews.yahoo.co.jp/fc/sports/2008_summer_olympic_games_in_beijing/?1217508265

Does this mean you cant wear uniforms for an example in a soccer game?

I'm sorry to say but I'm prepared for a no-fun olympics this year.

The rules against patterned clothing are aimed at keeping ambush marketers from infiltrating Olympic events. The IOC doesn't want a group of fans siting together all wearing NIKE logo items or four fans in a row somehow wearing the letters N-I-K-E on 4 different shirts.
(Adidas is an official sponsor of Beijing 2008 Olympics, Nike is not.)
I believe BOCOG will try to enforce a no banner rule, but keep an eye on the Australians and their patriotic scarves.
For a soccer game you may wear the uniform of the country that you are cheering for, as long as it's one of the countries recognized by the IOC. Perhaps you have a jersey from one of the Europeans leagues, and in that case a corporate logo likely appears on the front. You may still wear that jersey as an individual. If there are more than 3 of you then the group pattern stipulation might kick in, depending on how the rules are enforced at different stadiums and cities. (Soccer games are being held in Tianjin, Shenyang, Shanghai and Qinhuangdao as well.)
Have fun!

Check out the Two Chinese Characters' version of the Official Olympic Cheer on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7uJ_ExULDw

guys this is some serious BS. we can still cheer however we want and still be civilized. I can't beleive they are doing this to us.

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