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.
“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.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of athletes arriving for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics could find major plumbing and electrical problems in their rooms at the Athletes Village with the games opening in just under two weeks.
The International Olympic Committee and local organizers held emergency talks Sunday just hours before the sprawling Athletes Village was set to open officially. The 31-building village will house 18,000 athletes and officials at the height of the games.
This is the latest problem to hit the troubled games.
In a statement Sunday, the Australian Olympic Committee says it will not permit any of its athletes to move into their rooms.
Australian Olympic Committee spokesman Mike Tancred says the building for his team has “leaking pipes, water leaking from the ceiling. We’ve got electrical problems. We’ve got cleaning problems.”