Chinese Olympics ‘ambassador’ visits Riyadh

Cao Da Fo sees himself as a promoter of goodwill and cultural exchange. (AN photo)
Updated 16 January 2019
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Chinese Olympics ‘ambassador’ visits Riyadh

  • Cao Da Fo has visited 194 countries for the promotion of 2022 Winter Olympic Games
  • Beijing will become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics

RIYADH: A Beijing-based volunteer traveled to Riyadh last week as part of his mission to visit every country in the world and promote the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, which are being held in the Chinese capital.

Cao Da Fo has visited 194 countries, with 39 places left on his itinerary before he heads home to his wife and four children. 

He was at the South Pole before coming to Saudi Arabia, where he spent three days in Riyadh. 

Cao spoke warmly of the reception he has received on his travels, booking a flight to the Kingdom the day after his visa was confirmed by the embassy in Beijing. 

“Many of the people of the countries I have visited so far have been very welcoming and generous to me, offering assistance, food and water,” he told Arab News.

The longest period he has been away from home is 150 days, he added.

Cao started his round the world tour in 1999 to promote China’s goal of hosting the Winter Olympics in 2002.

The bid failed but Cao continued championing China as a host for the event. He sold off properties to finance the tour and has spent around $1.5 million on his mission. 

“It will give a good name to my homeland; it’s for the love of my country,” he said, when asked what inspired him to travel the world. “Since I became so involved in the Olympics, I no longer strive for material things.”

His trips to other countries show him posing for photos with locals and holding a colorful flag that features the sporting event’s famous five rings.

He said the Summer Olympics of 2008 changed Beijing forever. 

“When I was little, I didn’t even dream that this could happen, that the subway could run so near my home, that China could attain more worldly knowledge, that we could appear more international,” he has said in previous interviews.

Cao also sees himself as a promoter of goodwill and cultural exchange.

“I feel like the Olympic torch is more like a spark of hope for the whole world.”

Beijing will become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics. It was selected as the host city in July 2015.


Saudi crown prince winning hearts with his kindness and compassion

Updated 4 min 33 sec ago
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Saudi crown prince winning hearts with his kindness and compassion

JEDDAH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is winning the hearts of people over and over again with his kindness and compassion. 

A heartwarming video tweeted by Prince Nawaf bin Faisal on Saturday shows the crown prince at the home of Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd (Prince Nawaf’s uncle), along with the Minister of Interior Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif. 

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd was carrying his daughter Al-Jawhara bint Abdul Aziz bin Fahd, and the crown prince gave her a kiss on the forehead. This compassion toward children warmed the hearts of citizens on social media. 

Prince Nawaf bin Faisal @nawafbinfaisal tweeted: “A few moments ago, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Allah protect him) and Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, the minister of interior (Allah protect him) in Riyadh at the home of my uncle Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd and his daughter Al-Jawhara (Allah protect them).”

@mtar_100 said: “This footage brought joy and happiness to my soul. The ruling family is a source of safety and stability to the Saudi people.”

Pointing to the crown prince, @f_15_sa said: “The love for this man increases in the hearts of citizens each day.”

@braow said: “The most beautiful thing I have seen this blissful morning. May Allah protect you and maintain this endearment.”

@arahmanriyadh said: “May Allah protect this country, its people and its rulers.”

@mohammed17444 said: “What a beautiful scene.”

@alkaeed said: “Like father like son.”

@wed19982 said: “A family atmosphere with the voices of children, Allah bless them.”