Believe it or not, runs the official word from Peking, Red China's athletes during the past eight months alone have broken 11 world records in international sport. Whether this statement checks with the facts as they might have been recorded on Western stop watches will probably never be known, but one fact is clear as these pictures plainly show: if the records were not broken it was not from any lack of official encouragement by the Red regime's bigwigs.
Rushed into completion in less than a year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the People's Republic, this huge, 80,000-seat Workers' Stadium in Peking, shown here jammed with spectators on the opening day of this month's First National Games, is only one of more than 2,500 new stadiums and 4,000 new sports centers through which China's Reds hope to incubate tomorrow's world rulers.
PEKING'S SPORTS FANS, 80,000 STRONG AND LOOKING MUCH LIKE A WORLD SERIES CROWD, FLOCK INTO CITY'S NEW STADIUM ON THE FIRST DAY OF COMMUNIST GAMES
GEOMETRIC MARCHING PREOCCUPIES CROWD IN CHINESE VERSION OF HALF-TIME DISPLAY. PARKING SPACE FOR PRIVATE CARS IS STILL NO GREAT PROBLEM IN CHINA
October 4, 1959
TIBET IN TWO LANGUAGES ON SHIRT FRONTS REVEALS ORIGIN OF THESE TWO GIRLS
No. 1 communist Mao Tse-tung, flanked by Henchmen Chou En-lai (to his right) and Liu Shao-chi, lend all-important smiles of official approval to competing athletes.