Sun Fangchui is a guru in Chinese architecture. Among other famous buildings, he was a designer of Beijing Hotel and CCTV Tower. For his accomplishments, the Ministry of Construction has cited him as a national-caliber “Master Designer”.
Despite his reputation as an accomplished architect, Sun was not so sure about his qualification as a volunteer when he submitted his application via Western Returned Scholars Association toward the end of 2005, even though BOCOG did not officially begin recruiting Olympic volunteers until August 2006. Fearing he might be a little long in the tooth for an Olympic volunteer, Sun did not expect that he would be chosen. He just wanted to show his desire to be involved with the Olympics.
Sun was born in 1920 and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1949. As a returnee from overseas, he keenly felt the significance and preciousness of Beijing’s hosting of the Olympic Games. Asked what he could do as an octogenarian volunteer, the old man said in no uncertain terms, “I think I can use my language proficiency and good health to show to foreign friends the spirit of the Chinese people in the years of reform and opening up. With my hard work and love of sports, I’ll let the world make us Chinese out.”