June 5, 2008 / 11:03 AM / 10 years ago

Add oil! Add oil!

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing organizers are promoting an officially sanctioned chanting routine for Chinese spectators at August’s Olympics, state media said Thursday.

A well-wisher waves a Chinese national flag as he celebrates the Beijing Olympic Torch relay near the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, Hubei province June 1, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

Incorporating the ubiquitous Chinese sporting chant, “Jiayou” or “add oil,” the four-step routine is designed to help spectators cheer in a “smooth and civilized manner” at the August 8-24 Games.

The chant will be promoted by television programs, video presentations and squads of cheering volunteers at the venues as well as by the education ministry, the People’s Daily reported.

The routine begins with “Olympics — add oil” accompanied by two claps and a double thumbs up, before continuing with “China — add oil” with two more claps and raised fists.

The “China” and “Olympics” can be replaced to allow support for other countries or individuals, the paper said.

Possible lack of sporting etiquette has been a major concern for city authorities during preparations for the Games and a series of educational programs have been instituted.

Users of public transport in the Chinese capital are briefed on the rules of Olympic sports on special television screens, while special projects have taken place in many city schools to teach the children about the history of the Games.

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney and Liu Zhen; Editing by Jerry Norton

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