China Chooses Panda As Winter Olympics Mascot

Children wearing panda costumes dance during the official reveal of the mascots for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games at Shougang Ice Hockey Arena, Shougang Park, Shijingshan District, Beijing in September 17, 2019. NOEL CELIS / AFP

 

China has chosen its most iconic animal — the panda — to be the official mascot of the Beijing Olympics in 2022, the Winter Games organising committee announced on Tuesday.

The mascot, named “Bing Dwen Dwen,” is a chubby giant panda wearing a suit of ice.

The black and white bear has a “heart of gold and a love of all things winter sports,” tweeted the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

For the Paralympic Winter Games, the mascot is a blushing red lantern named “Shuey Rhon Rhon.”

Beijing will be the first city to host both summer and winter Games, after winning the bid in 2015, beating out underdog Almaty.

The Chinese capital held the summer Olympics in 2008 in what was then seen as China sealing its place on the world stage as an emerging superpower.

Beijing will have to rely on widespread use of artificial snow for the Winter Games, and has said it will budget $1.5 billion for investment in Olympic villages, sports venues, and other infrastructure.

The country is also building a high-speed train link from Beijing to Zhangjiakou, a city northwest of the capital where many mountain events will be held.

Some of Beijing’s 2008 venues, however, including its iconic Bird’s Nest national stadium, will be reused for the 2022 Games.

Thatcher Refused To Take Panda To Washington In Concorde, Papers Show

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher refused a request to fly a panda in the back of her Concorde when she visited Washington for her first summit with Ronald Reagan, according to papers released on Friday.

The then prime minister was drawn into the scheme in January 1981, the same month that Reagan was inaugurated, when the Smithsonian Institution in Washington appealed to London Zoo for the loan of its male panda.

The president of the London Zoological Society, Solly Zuckerman, seized on the opportunity to create a publicity stunt with the help of the prime minister.

“Lord Zuckerman sees this as a signal demonstration of the special relationship and would be very happy to time the announcement of the loan or the delivery of the panda in any way that the prime minister thought would be most likely to benefit Anglo-American relations,” cabinet secretary Robert Armstrong wrote.

“He even suggested that the prime minister might like to take the panda in the back of her Concorde, when she goes to Washington next month,” he added, according to papers released by the National Archives in Kew, London.

The “Iron Lady” was not convinced, however, that she should be involved in promoting London Zoo’s efforts to bring a new mate to a female panda.

“Lord Z knows more about pandas than I do — I am sure he can arrange these things,” she said in a handwritten note.

Her private secretary, Clive Whitmore, replied to Zuckerman: “She has commented that she is not taking a panda with her — ‘Pandas and politicians are not happy omens!'”

AFP

Mayweather ‘Adopts’ Panda, Names It After Himself

This picture taken on November 30, 2017 shows US boxer Floyd Mayweather (R) receiving a stuffed panda toy during an adoption ceremony after he adopted a panda baby at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu in China’s southwestern Sichuan province. AFP

 

He hardly has a reputation as the cuddly type, but Floyd Mayweather displayed his softer side as he adopted a baby giant panda in China — and promptly renamed it “TMT Floyd Mayweather”.

The 40-year-old American boxing star will, however, have to leave the panda at its home in southwest China and the 100,000 yuan ($15,000) adoption fee paid by him and another sponsor will go to the research centre where it lives.

“TMT” is Mayweather’s brand, short for “The Money Team”, a nod to the vast wealth he accrued boxing and now regularly flaunts.

Mayweather retired for a second time this year after stopping MMA star Conor McGregor to improve his record to 50-0.

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding showed pictures of the visiting Mayweather admiring and feeding his panda an apple and taking a selfie.

His adopted panda was born in July 2016 and was previously called “Maodou”, or soybean.

Mayweather’s donation allows him to visit the panda and have it called by the name he wishes for a year, as well as receive greeting cards “from” the animal.

Mayweather is on a tour of China that is taking in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau.

He has not made clear the trip’s purpose but implied on Instagram that he was being paid.

“Coming here with 23 people has been a great experience and it doesn’t hurt to get paid $3,000,000 to simply visit and vacation here in luxury for a few days,” Mayweather said in a posting this week that accompanied a photo of him on the Great Wall.

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Mayweather ‘Adopts’ Panda, Names It After Himself

Floyd Mayweather (R) receiving a stuffed panda toy during an adoption ceremony after he adopted a panda baby at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu in China’s southwestern Sichuan province. AFP

He hardly has a reputation as the cuddly type, but Floyd Mayweather displayed his softer side as he adopted a baby giant panda in China — and promptly renamed it “TMT Floyd Mayweather”.

The 40-year-old American boxing star will, however, have to leave the panda at its home in southwest China and the 100,000 yuan ($15,000) adoption fee paid by him and another sponsor will go to the research centre where it lives.

“TMT” is Mayweather’s brand, short for “The Money Team”, a nod to the vast wealth he accrued boxing and now regularly flaunts.

Mayweather retired for a second time this year after stopping MMA star Conor McGregor to improve his record to 50-0.

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding showed pictures of the visiting Mayweather admiring and feeding his panda an apple and taking a selfie.

His adopted panda was born in July 2016 and was previously called “Maodou”, or soy bean.

Mayweather’s donation allows him to visit the panda and have it called by the name he wishes for a year, as well as receive greeting cards “from” the animal.

Mayweather is on a tour of China that is taking in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau.

He has not made clear the trip’s purpose but implied on Instagram that he was being paid.

“Coming here with 23 people has been a great experience and it doesn’t hurt to get paid $3,000,000 to simply visit and vacation here in luxury for a few days,” Mayweather said in a posting this week that accompanied a photo of him on the Great Wall.

AFP