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Liu Xiang, Chinese athletes dress in Red Army uniforms

Liu Xiang

China’s hurdler Liu Xiang (L), dressed in a red army uniform, poses for pictures during Chinese track and field team’s oath-taking rally for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, in Jinggangshan, in Jiangxi province, November 3, 2013. Jinggangshan is where former Chinese leader Mao Zedong’s career as a revolutionary began to take off. In 1927, Mao and several communist leaders fled with a few thousands to the hills of Jinggangshan, hounded and outnumbered by Nationalist forces. Picture taken November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: SPORT POLITICS SOCIETY PORTRAIT) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA


Liu Xiang and other Chinese athletes donned Red Army uniforms at a national team meeting in China on Sunday.

The athletes were together for what’s been called a “motivational convention” and an “oath-taking rally” in the birthplace of China’s communist revolution on Sunday, according to the South China Morning Post.

Here’s what China Daily posted:

“The team members are all in Red Army uniforms at Jinggang Mountains, known as the birthplace of the Chinese Red Army, predecessor of the People’s Liberation Army, and the ‘cradle of Chinese revolution.’”

Liu, the 2004 Olympic champion, pulled out of the last two Olympics due to an Achilles injury. The Achilles also sidelined him this year.

He is in “recovery training” and does not have a schedule to return to the national team, according to the South China Morning Post.

China's hurdler Liu Xiang, dressed in a red army uniform, attends Chinese track and field team's oath-taking rally for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in Jinggangshan

Liu is dressed in a red army uniform in the center. (Reuters)


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