Chinese Sports

On July 13, 2011, in Beijing, Transportation, by Jack Li

Although China has long been associated with the martial arts, China nowadays has a big variety of competitive sports. Traditional Chinese culture regards physical fitness as an important aspect, and, since the 20th century, a large number of sports activities, both Western and traditionally Chinese, are popular in China. For more information about China check out the following link China Travel, and to make your trip easy and cheap get your flight tickets in Air China.

Soccer, basketball, and ping pong are the main sports in China. In 1994, Chinese football became the first sport to take the professionalization road and in its wake similar reforms were carried out in basketball, volleyball, ping pong and weigi. The process brought with it commercialization; sport associations became profit-making entities and a club system came into being; professional leagues formed, improving China’s sports environment; and commercial management systems took shape. The professionalization of sports has encouraged the emergence of a sports management market and business-structured systems. Sports club operations now cover ticket sales, advertising, club transfers, commercial matches, television broadcasting and other commercial activities. Another aspect of the reform is that some Chinese athletes have joined foreign professional leagues. For instance, basketball star Yao Ming entered the NBA in the 2002 draft.

China led the gold medal count (51) at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games which were held in Beijing from 8 August to 24 August 2008

 

TRADITIONAL SPORTS

Traditional sports with distinct Chinese characteristics are also very popular, including martial arts, taijiquan (shadow boxing), qigong (a system of deep breathing exercises), xiangqi and weiqi.

Taijiquan is a kind of Chinese boxing, combining control of breath, mind and body. It emphasizes body movement following mind movements, tempering toughness with gentleness and graceful carriage. Qigong is a unique Chinese way of keeping fit. It aims at enhancing health, prolonging life, curing illness and improving physiological functions by concentrating the mind and regulating the breath. There are various entertaining and competitive sports activities in the minority-inhabited areas, for example, wrestling and horsemanship among Mongols, Uygurs and Kazaks; Tibetan yak racing; ethnic Korean “seesaw jumping”; crossbow archery among the Miao, and dragon-boat racing among the Dai ethnic minority.

OLYMPIC GAMES

In July 2001, Beijing finally succeeded in its bid to bring the 2008 Olympic Games. Seven venues, including the National Stadium and the National Swimming Centre have ushered in a new period of contemporary architecture for Beijing.

Since 1949, China has participated in eight Summer Olympics and nine Winter Olympics, winning 385 medals at the Summer Olympics and 44 medals at the Winter Olympics. At  Los Angeles,Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics, China came fourth in the gold medals table, second at the Athens Olympics and first at the Beijing Olympics.

UPCOMING EVENTS

–       2011 Summer Universidade, Shenzhen

–       2011 World Aquatics Championships, Shanghai

–       2012, Asian Beach Games, Haiyang

–       2012, National Peasants Games

–       2014, Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing

You should definitely try to come to watch any of this upcoming events check out the following link for additional information China Flights

 

 

Jack Li
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