launched early last year, has contributed 257 milli

n yuan ($38 million) in sales of more than 780 types of products with the Winter Games logo as of the first quarter this year.

The Organizing Committee on Friday also unveiled its plans for volunteer recruitment and training. International recruit

ment, which will be launched in December through an online system, aims to select 27,000 volunteers to di

rectly serve the Games’ operation, while another 80,000 or so will work as city volunteers.

The Games’ official mascot will be unveiled in the second half of this year.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) of China has issued a statement

warning the country’s middle and primary schools against unauthorized selections and rankings.

The statement, made public on Thursday, was based on several lists of so-called “top

100 middle and primary schools in China” recently released by some institutions.

The MOE has never authorized any organizations or institutions to carry out such selections or rankings, according to the statement.

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