China unfolds plans to develop winter sports

Source:Xinhua03/11/2016 16:57

BEIJING, November 2, 2016 (Xinhua) – The Administration of Sport on Wednesday announced two ambitious plans aimed to beef up the development of winter sports in China.

According to The Winter Sports Development Plan (2016-205) unveiled at a press conference in Beijing, the Chinese population of practicing winter sports regularly (including athletes, coaches, referees, students and hobbyists) will exceed 50 million by 2025. The output of the winter sport industry is expected to reach 600 billion yuan (about 88 billion US dollars) by 2020 and 1 trillion yuan (about 147 billion US dollars) by 2025 respectively.

The plan pointed out that China’s winter sports cannot become truly popular unless youngsters receive appropriate training and exercise.

Therefore, primary and middle schools in the cold north will be required to incorporate winter sports into the curriculum of physical education, while schools in the warm south will be encouraged to cooperate with professional clubs to set up winter sport classes. The number of winter sport schools in China should amount to 2,000 by 2020 and 5,000 by 2025 respectively.

Another document made public at the press conference was The National Plan for the Construction of Winter Sport Venues and Facilities (2016-2022).

By 2022, the number of skating venues in China will be no less than 650 (including 500 newly-built), and the number of ski resorts should reach 800 (including 240 newly-built). Ski tracks will measure 3,500 kilometres and amount to 100 million square metres.