National Games assist in the development of China’s sports map
62 years of history of the National Games have witnessed the development of Chinese sport.
By sports journalists Hu Jiali, Fu Ruixia and Wang Chunyan
XI’AN, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) – Su Bingtian of Guangdong Province clocked 9.95 seconds to win the men’s 100m final at the 14th National Games last Tuesday, but it took him 12 years to win his first gold medal after his fourth participation. in national sporting extravagance.
Su, who lowered Asia’s 100m record to 9.83 seconds at the Tokyo Olympics last month, became the first athlete to break the 10-second mark in 62 years of Games history.
As one of the most successful sports in the world, athletics has been on the competition schedule since the inaugural Games in 1959 and produced world-class stars to the cheers of domestic and international fans, such as the high jumper. Zhu Jianhua and hurdler Liu Xiang, both former world record holders.
At the 5th National Games in 1983, Zhu, a native of Shanghai, crossed 2.37 meters to break the men’s high jump world record in qualifying for the Games on June 11, and improved it to 2.38 meters. three months later in the final.
The Xi’an Olympic Sports Center, recently certified as a Level 1 venue by World Athletics, hosted the opening and closing ceremonies and also hosted the Games track and field events.
Shaanxi took advantage of the National Games to address its shortcomings in sports infrastructure and to better offer the public sports spaces after the Games.
As a centerpiece of the Games, the sports center will be open to the public with a combination of paid and free access, and residents will be guaranteed a view of the “super stadium”.
“There are a growing number of sports venues around us, and all of them are surrounded by a beautiful landscape, equipped with quality facilities and at competitive prices,” said Liu Ying, a native of Xi’an who does daily physical exercises.
To provide a green cycle path for the public, the ecological and historical resources of the Qinling Mountains have been used to build a network of greenways.
“It’s a good environment for cycling, and the view of the mountains and the river is elegant,” said Zhang Tao, an avid cyclist.
Inspired by the National Fitness Strategy, several major sports and fitness related projects have been launched in Shaanxi. In total, 628 football fields, 87 county-level public sports venues, 81 sports parks, fitness tracks and multi-functional fitness venues have been built across the province.
SHAANXI, FIRST WESTERN HTE PROVINCE
Prior to 1983, the Games had only been held in Beijing, and until the 10th Games in 2005, only Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong took turns to host the Games.
“Prior to the Sixth National Games in 1987, Sichuan Province had been approved by the State Council to host the Seventh National Games. However, the State Council made a final announcement in 1988 that, based on China’s economic and financial situation, the National Games will only be held in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong on a rotating basis ” , said Yuan Weimin, former director of the General Administration of Sports of China.
As the policy of reform and opening-up deepened, the Chinese economy flourished and many provinces and cities became capable of hosting major sports matches.
In 2001, Jiangsu was granted the right to host the 10th National Games for the first time apart from the previous trio. Shandong, Liaoning and Tianjin have secured the right to host the next three editions of the Games.
Organized for the first time in central and western China, the 14th National Games are seen as an opportunity for Shaanxi to promote its development and strengthen its infrastructure.
With changes occurring in almost every area, the Games are just the epitome of the rapid development of Western China.
And athletes around the world will also get their own preview of the upcoming 2022 World Universiade in Chengdu, the capital of southwestern Sichuan Province.
The 15th National Games will return to Guangdong in 2025, but this time the Southern Province will be joined by Hong Kong and Macao, marking the first time that the two Special Administrative Regions will also become hosts of the Games.
Some participants from Hong Kong and Macau are looking forward to the 15th National Games in four years.
Cheng King Leung, acting head of the Hong Kong delegation, believes the next National Games would be a chance for Hong Kong’s next generation.
“I would say that young people in Hong Kong should participate in sports more often and inherit sportsmanship from the Chinese people,” he said.
“I look forward to meeting you all at the next National Games,” said Au Chi Kun, director of the Macau track team.