Beijing, June 17

The first-ever BRICS Games will get underway on Sunday in Southern China's metropolis of Guangzhou.

The 2017 BRICS Games are seen as a prelude to the upcoming BRICS Summit to be held in Xiamen, reports Xinhua news agency The first edition of the BRICS Games is being held in a year when China holds the rotating chair of the group. The Games themselves were suggested last year by Chinese President Xi Jinping as he attended the 2016 BRICS summit in Goa, India.

This year's BRICS Games will comprise competitions in three categories: basketball, women's Under-20 volleyball and Wushu.

China has sent a 53-member strong delegation to compete in the Games. All in all, some 300 participants from BRICS countries will take part.

The Tianhe Sports Gymnasium, Guangzhou Sport University, Asian Games Gymnasium and the Guangzhou Polytechnic Sports Gymnasium will serve as the competition venues.

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