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Pin trading popular in village

08-18-2011 14:44 BJT Special Report:2011 Shenzhen 26th Summer Universiade |

“DO you want to trade your pins?” has become one of the most popular greetings in the Universiade Village.

Three athletes display their pins in the Universiade Village
yesterday,August 17th. Sun Yuchen

Athletes offer to swap their national pins or some special pins to complete a collection of Shenzhen Universiade pins.

National pins and those with a unique design are the most sought after.

It is common to see athletes with pins on their identity registration card straps. Those with the most and best variety of pins attract plenty of attention.

“All my pins come from trading with other athletes. Each time I see a special pin, I ask to trade,” said a South African archer, who identified himself as Franze.

Pin trading is a way of making new friends.

“These pins have a kind of sentimental value, which will remind me of all the people I meet and interact with in Shenzhen,” said Franze.

Deputy head of the Polish Delegation, Oskar Rosa, has collected more than 10 pins, including a pin of the Chinese delegation, which bears a cartoon character in a Beijing Opera costume.

“My goal is to collect more pins during my stay in China,” said Rosa.

The pins of the 24 Universiade sports have become popular at the souvenir store in the village.

“Each costs 24 yuan, and a full collection would be big money for young athletes. However, there are still determined collectors,” said a salesman.

“Some athletes and volunteers buy at least 20 pins at a time, not only for a collection, but to trade with others and build friendship,” he said.

Another salesman had a sense of fulfillment when he acquired an Aruba pin.

“When I saw an Aruban athlete wearing the pin, I traded with him, because ‘Aruba’ is also the name of a popular game for Shenzhen middle school students,” he said.

Accommodating athletes from about 152 countries and regions, the village has also attracted professional pin collectors.

A collector from Beijing, identified only as Kang, waits at the east gate of the village each day to trade pins.

“I have pins of more than 10 countries,” said Kang, who collected pins at the Beijing Olympics and the Guangzhou Asian Games.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source:

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