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赛场辉煌彰显中国国运昌盛 华侨华人分享自豪之情

北欧绿色邮报网援引中新社( 记者 李嘉宝 )报道:10月27日晚,第七届世界军人运动会在武汉闭幕。中国人民解放军体育代表团以133枚金牌、239枚奖牌的成绩,高居本届军运会金牌榜、奖牌榜榜首。

  从中国女排世界杯11连胜,到中国代表团创下世界军运会金牌和奖牌纪录,在新中国成立70周年之时,中国运动员在赛场上佳绩频传,让海外华侨华人备感振奋。在接受本报记者采访时,多位侨胞深情讲述自己和中国体育的不解之缘,分享心潮澎湃的自豪之情。

10月26日晚,第七届世界军人运动会男子排球决赛在湖北省武汉市举行。中国队以3-1击败韩国队夺得冠军。图为中国队夺得武汉军运会男子排球冠军。 <a target='_blank' href='http://www.chinanews.com/'>中新社</a>记者 张畅 摄

10月26日晚,第七届世界军人运动会男子排球决赛在湖北省武汉市举行。中国队以3-1击败韩国队夺得冠军。图为中国队夺得武汉军运会男子排球冠军。 中新社记者 张畅 摄

  为中国健儿骄傲

  10月1日,在北京天安门参与国庆观礼的俄罗斯华侨华人青年联合会会长吴昊惊喜地发现,中国女排乘坐“祖国万岁”彩车亮相国庆游行队伍。他激动地举起手机,远远地和花车合影留念。

  “女排姑娘们为新中国成立70周年献上了一份弥足珍贵的贺礼!”吴昊称赞道,“女排代表着中国人拼搏奋进的精神,女排的胜利也是这种中国精神的胜利。”

  “中国女排冠军!中华儿女骄傲!”9月28日,非洲环球广域传媒集团总裁南庚戌在微信朋友圈中记录下对女排夺冠的兴奋之情。

  谈起刚刚闭幕的世界军运会,南庚戌同样深有感触。“一些非洲朋友观看军运会的开闭幕式及比赛后,对中国政府和社会高度重视体育运动感到惊讶。在他们的传统印象中,中国政府可能更重视经济发展。现在,越来越多的海外侨胞和当地民众通过关注中国运动员和赛事,加深了对中国的了解和认识。”南庚戌说。

  “军运会向世界展示了中国军队改革强军后的全新风貌,是中国体育事业蓬勃发展的重要体现。”吴昊说。

  在瑞典生活、工作多年的《北欧时报》副总编辑庞其铭,兴致勃勃地和记者聊起不久前结束的2019瑞典乒乓球公开赛。“在今年的比赛中,中国乒乓球队包揽了全部五项冠军。”庞其铭说,“对在瑞华侨华人来说,每年的瑞典乒乓球公开赛都是一件备受瞩目的盛事。中国国家队派出一流选手参赛,战绩辉煌,太提气了!许多华人或瑞典当地的小观众特意准备乒乓球拍,请中国运动员签名。”

  国运兴则体育兴

  体育强则中国强,国运兴则体育兴——这是受访侨胞们的共同感受。

  “中华民族迎来了从站起来、富起来到强起来的伟大飞跃,中国体育也在强起来。”吴昊说,“新中国成立前,世界体育舞台上很难看到中国人的身影,中国人一度被称为‘东亚病夫’。2008年,我有幸在现场观看了北京奥运会的开幕式,当五星红旗徐徐升起来的时候,我忍不住流下了眼泪。百年奥运圆梦,我真切感受到中国已经是一个体育大国、体育强国了。没有综合国力的提升,没有经济发展和社会稳定,就不会有体育事业的繁荣。”

  巴拿马中国文化中心负责人张雪云有着同样深刻的奥运记忆。“北京奥运会开幕那天,我在巴拿马中国文化中心和侨胞朋友们一起收看了北京奥运会的开幕式。当时,我们还赠送了大量的五星红旗,让侨胞们为中国健儿加油呐喊。”

  “中国国际影响力的提高,不仅仅是靠经济实力。在体育等人文领域,中国同样取得了令世界瞩目的成就,为海外华侨华人带来自信。”南庚戌说,“如今,乒乓球等中国传统体育项目在海外华人群体及当地民众中受到欢迎,为中外人文交流提供了重要平台。”

  助力中外体育交流

  国庆观礼活动后,吴昊来到河北张家口参观考察。2022年冬奥会场馆和相关配套基础设施建设正有序进行,让吴昊对3年后的冬奥会充满期待。“俄罗斯索契曾举办2014年冬奥会。我愿意为中俄就冬奥会筹备工作开展交流合作牵线搭桥。期待北京和张家口为世界展现‘不一样的冬奥会’。”

  “在崇礼滑雪场等冬奥会施工现场,我看到了‘冬奥速度’,提前感受到冬奥会带给中国的热情。相信2022年北京冬奥会一定会是一场成功的体育盛事。”近日也前往张家口考察的张雪云说。

  说起奥运,南庚戌对十多年前自己发起组织的“龙行天下耀中华”远征车队活动记忆犹新。“活动以‘贺奥运、促统一’为主题,车队从南非好望角出发,历时3个多月,行程4万公里,跨越非、欧、亚三大洲近20个国家,顺利抵达北京。我们沿途举行了50多场宣传奥运和‘反独促统’活动,征集了10万签名。活动充分体现了海外华侨华人喜迎奥运、坚决守护奥运圣火的决心和热情。”南庚戌说,“随着2022年北京冬奥会的临近,我会继续利用旗下媒体平台,宣传好奥运精神。”

  作为一名摄影爱好者,庞其铭习惯用手中的镜头记录中国运动员的飒爽英姿。“现在,越来越多的中国运动员到北欧国家参与冰雪运动项目的训练和比赛,华侨华人也积极参与到各种各样的冰雪运动中。相信2022年北京冬奥会的举办会进一步带动国内冰雪运动的普及发展。”庞其铭说,“我会拍下更多中国运动员及华侨华人在体育比赛中的精彩照片,期待冰雪运动成为中国和北欧国家加强交流的纽带。”(责任编辑查正富 主编陈雪霏)

瑞典乒乓球公开赛:许昕/刘诗雯力克日本组合混双夺冠

北欧绿色邮报网援引中新社客户端(记者 王禹) 报道:北京时间5日晚进行的2019瑞典乒乓球公开赛混双决赛中,国乒强档许昕/刘诗雯以总比分3:2(8:11、11:8、13:11、3:11、11:9),逆转战胜日本组合水谷隼/伊藤美诚,夺得冠军,这也是中国乒乓球队在本届比赛中夺得的第一枚金牌。 (责任编辑查正富 主编陈雪霏)

(多哈田径世锦赛)历史首次!中国男女4×100米接力双双晋级决赛

北欧绿色邮报网援引中新社(记者 邢翀)报道:在4日进行的2019多哈田径世锦赛上,中国男女4×100米接力队双双晋级决赛,这是中国男队第四次进入决赛,中国女队第二次进入决赛,同时是中国男女4×100米接力队首次同时晋级决赛。
  22年前,在当时的亚洲第一女飞人李雪梅的带领下,中国女子4×100米接力队闯进世锦赛决赛,最终获得第八。自此之后,中国女子4×100米接力却总是被挡在决赛门外。
  最近两届世锦赛则更显遗憾:2015年北京世锦赛主场作战,中国女队最终排在第10,无缘晋级;2017年伦敦世锦赛,中国女队因为预赛中交接棒失误导致没有成绩……
  来到多哈的中国女子接力队已然不同。韦永丽、梁小静、葛曼棋本赛季在百米单项上连创佳绩,均获得了东京奥运会参赛资格,本届世锦赛她们又都晋级半决赛,创造了历史。三人和孔令微组成的接力队同样不断突破,柏林田径赛她们跑出42秒31,这是亚洲近20年来的最好成绩。
  4日晚的比赛再度证明了她们的实力。比赛开始,第一棒梁小静反应用时0.155秒,出发后保持住很好的速度和节奏,在弯道处同样冲在前面;顺利交接棒后,韦永丽在直道发力,将旁边两道的对手成功甩开,中国队继续处于前列;第三棒孔令微保持优势,顺利交棒给葛曼棋,葛曼棋发力冲刺后第三个冲线,从而成功晋级决赛。
  42秒36,这是四人组队后的第二好成绩,仅次于柏林赛的42秒31。“今天发挥得特别完美。”队中大姐韦永丽说,在这样一个高强度、竞争激烈的环境下,还能有稳定的发挥非常不易。“我们女子接力也迎来了黄金时期,我们会继续加油。”
  梁小静说,成绩的取得来自于队友间的默契配合。“我们四个吃饭、睡觉、训练都在一起,我们这个阵容非常好,因此才有稳定的发挥,我们会保持好心态,尽最大能力在决赛中冲出一个好成绩。”
  随后进行的男子接力比赛同样传来捷报。由苏炳添、许周政、吴志强和谢震业组成的男子4×100米接力队跑出37秒79,同样获得小组第三从而直接晋级决赛。这一成绩也刷新了中国队在2016年里约奥运会上创造的37秒82的全国纪录。
  比赛中四人的棒次有了较大调整。之前担任第三棒的苏炳添这次率先开跑,他出发后就迅速占据了优势;二、三棒由年轻小将许周政和吴志强担纲,这也是两人第一次在大赛中跑这样的棒次,两人的完成都相当出色,交接棒也十分顺利;第四棒谢震业奋力冲刺,超过了荷兰队和法国队,第三个冲过终点。
  “今天整个交接棒还是比较保守的,跑出这个成绩有点出乎意料。”苏炳添赛后透露,四人在比赛和训练中都没有跑过这样的棒次,心里其实也没有底,许周政和吴志强还特地在前一天晚上临时加练交接棒。
  苏炳添说,进世锦赛决赛、破全国纪录从而拿到东京奥运会入场券,既定的目标已经实现。“打开了80大关对我们来说又进入到一个新的征程,下一步我们可能会用更冒险的方式完成决赛。”(责任编辑查正富 主编陈雪霏)   

半程综述:中国队超越上届 美国队7金领跑

北欧绿色邮报网援引中新网 (记者 邢翀)报道:2019多哈田径世锦赛2日将进行第六比赛日比拼。赛程过半,中国队2金3银3铜位居次席,这一成绩已经超越上届;美国队获得7金7银2铜,在奖牌榜上遥遥领先。

  上届伦敦世锦赛,中国田径队共斩获2金3银2铜,创下了1993年世锦赛以来的最佳战绩。本届世锦赛,中国队提出要全面超越上届的目标。赛程过半,中国队显然已经取得超越,再度刷新了26年来的最佳战绩。

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图为刘虹(中)、切阳什姐(左)和杨柳静(右)手持国旗庆祝。中新社记者 泱波 摄

  女子竞走与投掷项目依然是中国田径队的夺牌大户。在女子50公里竞走上,梁瑞和李毛措分别斩获冠亚军;20公里竞走,中国队三名女将更是同时站上领奖台,复出的刘虹强势夺冠,这意味着,中国女子竞走业已形成集团之势。女子链球王峥获得铜牌,在标枪上,刘诗颖和吕会会又夺得了银牌和铜牌。

  接下来,中国队依然看点十足。在女子铅球领域大放异彩的巩立姣2日展开资格赛的竞逐,不出意外,3日她将上演自己的卫冕之战,是中国队极具希望的夺金点。1日的男子跳高资格赛上,亚运会冠军王宇以2米29轻松晋级,同样具有夺牌实力。

  男子20公里竞走,中国队将由雅加达亚运会冠军王凯华和里约奥运会亚军蔡泽林领衔,将向世锦赛奖牌发起冲击。

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当地时间10月1日晚,在卡塔尔多哈举行的2019国际田联世界田径锦标赛女子标枪决赛中,中国选手刘诗颖与吕会会分别以65米88和65米49的成绩获得亚军和季军。图为刘诗颖在比赛后庆祝。中新社记者 泱波 摄

  接力项目同样值得关注。本届世锦赛上,中国男女短跑均实现突破——男子200米谢震业闯入决赛并最终获得第七,创造了中国男子短跑的历史最佳战绩,女子百米韦永丽、梁小静、葛曼棋三名女将同时晋级半决赛亦是史上首次。上届世锦赛4乘100米接力上,中国男队决赛中获得第四,女队则因交接棒失误被早早取消成绩,今年两支队伍都将有望弥补遗憾。

  上届世锦赛斩获10金的美国队,本届比赛半程过后就有7金入账。第五比赛日美国队单日揽入3金,在男子200米、800米和撑杆跳三个项目上均斩获了冠军,800米上布雷齐尓更是以打破赛会纪录的1分42秒34夺冠。

  此前在男子100米、三级跳远和女子链球以及男女4乘400米混合接力上,美国队均斩获金牌,显示出在田赛和径赛项目上的均衡实力。

  截至目前,牙买加斩获2金。尽管没有了博尔特,但牙买加短跑同样取得突破——女飞人弗雷泽以10秒71百米夺冠,这是她个人第四枚世锦赛百米金牌,超越了博尔特的三金纪录。男子跳远,盖叶以黑马之姿跳出8米69夺冠。在男女4乘400米混合接力和男子铁饼上,牙买加选手各获得银牌。

  东非“黑色军团”肯尼亚队以2金2铜暂列第四,埃塞俄比亚、瑞典、挪威、日本、乌干达、荷兰等国代表队也有1金入账。(责任编辑查正富 主编陈雪霏)

刘翔后又有中国选手晋级!谢文骏进世锦赛110米栏决赛

北欧绿色邮报网援引中新网报道: 北京时间3日凌晨,2019多哈田径世锦赛男子110米栏半决赛举行,中国选手谢文骏跑出13秒22,以小组第3,总成绩第6顺利晋级决赛。这也是中国选手继2011年大邱世锦赛的刘翔后,8年来再度有中国选手闯入世锦赛男子110米栏决赛。(责任编辑查正富 主编陈雪霏)

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中新社记者 王东明 摄

(多哈田径世锦赛)综合消息:竞走“梦之队”包揽前三 飞人谢震业再战200米

北欧绿色邮报网援引中新社(记者 邢翀)报道:多哈田径世锦赛第三比赛日中国队再有奖牌入账。在女子20公里竞走中,中国选手刘虹、切阳什姐、杨柳静包揽了前三名,这是中国田径队首次在世锦赛单项上包揽前三。飞人谢震业在200米上也有了收获——他以总成绩第六晋级半决赛,是晋级的唯一一名亚洲选手。
  多哈炎热的气候只能将竞走项目放在午夜进行。女子20公里竞走是中国队的优势项目,此前世锦赛中国队共获得4金4银3铜,位居总积分榜首位。本届世锦赛中国队4人获得了参赛资格,实力无疑更为雄厚。
  比赛在29日晚11时59分鸣枪后,中国军团迅速占据领先,全程保持优势,最终刘虹以1小时32分53秒夺冠,收获了个人第二枚世锦赛金牌,切阳什姐以1小时33分10秒获得亚军,杨柳静以1小时33分17秒获得第三。杨家玉中途则因犯规被罚。
  前一天中国选手梁瑞、李毛措就包揽了女子50公里竞走冠亚军。中国田径队副领队田晓君说,中国女子竞走有着好的传统,一直是中国田径队强项。“尽管我们对多哈天气做了很多预案和针对性训练,但比赛环境依然很艰苦,队员们能取得好成绩非常不容易。”
  至于明年的东京奥运会,田晓君说,东京奥运会的竞走比赛气候、环境和本届世锦赛又不相同,但希望队员们能够把各个细节做好,再度取得好成绩。
  以10秒14止步100米半决赛后,中国飞人谢震业紧接着开始了200米的备战,他也是本届世锦赛中国队唯一一名身兼100米、200米和接力的队员。本赛季谢震业在国际田联伦敦站比赛中跑出19秒88刷新亚洲纪录,这一成绩位居本赛季世界第八。
  预赛中谢震业第二组出场,跑出20秒20的成绩位居小组第一,顺利晋级半决赛,在预赛选手的总成绩榜上他高居第六。值得注意的是,他还是晋级200米半决赛的唯一一名亚洲选手。
  谢震业赛后坦言,自己一门心思要把200米跑好。“至于能否创造个人最好成绩,我一直朝着这个方向努力,也相信自己会做得更好。”
  女子撑杆跳决赛竞争异常激烈,共有12名选手过了4米70,6名选手过了4米80。最终以中立身份参赛的俄罗斯选手西多罗娃以4米95夺冠。中国选手、亚运会冠军李玲状态一般,以4米50完赛,获得并列第13名。
  男子三级跳远决赛上,中国选手吴瑞庭和方耀庆分别以16米97和16米65的成绩位列第9和第10。美国名将泰勒以17米92获得冠军,这是他个人第四枚世锦赛金牌。
  在百米女飞人大战上,今年十次跑进11秒、两次跑进10秒80的牙买加老将弗雷泽以10秒71强势夺冠,也成为世锦赛历史上四次夺得百米冠军的运动员。中国女飞人梁小静、韦永丽和葛曼棋虽然止步半决赛,但依然创造了中国女飞人的整体最好成绩。(责任编辑查正富 主编陈雪霏)  

首届中欧篮球冠军杯落幕 上赛季CBA亚军新疆队夺冠

北欧绿色邮报网援引中新社(记者 韩璐)报道:22日,首届中欧篮球冠军杯结束了3天的赛程在重庆落幕。最终,来自中国男子篮球职业联赛(以下简称CBA)的新疆队以两胜一负的战绩夺冠,俄罗斯诺夫哥罗德俱乐部和来自CBA的广东队分获第二、三名。
  本次比赛吸引了上赛季CBA冠军广东东莞银行俱乐部、亚军新疆广汇汽车俱乐部和德国EWE奥尔登堡俱乐部、俄罗斯诺夫哥罗德俱乐部参赛。比赛一共3个比赛日,4支俱乐部每日两两交战,胜1场积2分,负1场积1分,总积分最多的球队获得本届赛事冠军。
  上赛季CBA亚军新疆队在本次比赛中,除了以118:112战胜上赛季CBA冠军广东队,在对阵俄罗斯诺夫哥罗德俱乐部时也以106:93取胜。但在22日举行的最后一场比赛中,新疆队以94:110不敌德国EWE奥尔登堡俱乐部。最终以两胜一负的战绩获得本次比赛冠军。
  值得一提的是,中国球员周琦也随新疆队来到重庆。在前不久结束的2019篮球世界杯上,为中国队出战的周琦因表现不佳受到球迷质疑。在本次比赛中,周琦并没有献上自己从NBA回国后的俱乐部首秀。整个赛程中,周琦一直在赛场外观战。
  而另一只来自CBA的球队广东队,则在头号球星易建联缺席的情况下,以1胜2负的战绩获得季军。除了在揭幕战对阵德国EWE奥尔登堡俱乐部的比赛中取得开门红,在后面的比赛中,广东队分别输给老对手新疆队和俄罗斯诺夫哥罗德俱乐部,无缘冠军争夺。(责任编辑查正富 主编陈雪霏)   

国乒包揽乒乓球亚锦赛七金 许昕3金1银成最大赢家

北欧绿色邮报网援引中新社报道:    2019乒乓球亚锦赛22日在印度尼西亚日惹收官,中国乒乓队包揽了赛会全部七枚金牌。四线作战的许昕以三金一银的优异战绩成为队内最大赢家。
  收官日的焦点战男单决赛在许昕和国乒主力林高远之间展开,后者在当日的半决赛中以3:0战胜了国乒新核心樊振东。前两局,双方各下一城。第三局,许昕逐渐掌控局面,林高远失误增多,许昕以11:2轻松拿下该局。第四局,双方开局比分交替上升,但许昕在关键球表现更佳,最终以11:8、大比分3:1战胜林高远,夺得男单冠军。
  在此前七日的比赛中,许昕先后率队获得男团冠军,与世乒赛冠军搭档刘诗雯力压国乒另一对青春组合王楚钦/孙颖莎获得混双冠军,还与樊振东在男双比赛中携手获得银牌。
  尽管四线作战消耗了大量体力,但许昕仍顽强坚持,最终交出了3金1银的优异战绩,为自己进军东京奥运成功加码。“其实打内战,胜负已经不重要了,我更想要检验一下自己的训练成果。”许昕坦言。
  当日进行的女双决赛中,国乒女队队长丁宁携朱雨玲在与陈梦/王曼昱的“内战”中以3:0胜出,夺得女双金牌。
  “这次比赛对我们来说考验很大,朱雨玲只有双打一项,我们一直在磨合。决赛,小朱打得特别好,是她调动了我。”丁宁赛后说。“丁宁姐是很伟大的运动员,我们双方都克服了很多困难。刚来的时候还出现了伤病,不知道自己能不能打,丁宁姐一直鼓励我。”朱雨玲补充道。
  在前七日的比赛中,刘诗雯携丁宁率陈梦、孙颖莎、王曼昱等队员在女团决赛中3:0战胜日本女队夺冠。男双冠军则被林高远和梁靖崑获得。小将孙颖莎在女单决赛中3:0战胜刘诗雯获得了该项目金牌。中国乒乓队成功包揽了本届乒乓球亚锦赛全部七枚金牌。(责任编辑查正富 主编陈雪霏)   

中国女排世界杯首战3:0轻取韩国队 朱婷荣膺得分王

北欧绿色邮报网援引中新社报道: 2019女排世界杯14日在日本横滨开赛,中国女排以3:0大胜韩国女排,喜迎开门红。中国女排核心主力朱婷独揽22分荣膺得分王。
  在8月进行的东京奥运会女排资格赛中,中国女排以三战全胜的战绩获得资格赛小组头名,顺利拿到东京奥运门票。因此对中国女排而言,本届世界杯可以轻松出战,不必再为争夺奥运资格承担额外压力。
  不过中国女排主教练郎平仍告诫队伍不能“抱着无所谓的态度比赛”,必须全力以赴。“奥运会既残酷,又紧张,不许出现任何松懈的。如果现在随便打,到真正紧张的时候,就拎不起来了。所以必须把它当作很重要的比赛去打,给自己更多压力,并提高水平。”郎平在赛前表示。
  本届世界杯采用全新设计的“MIKASA V200W”比赛用球,该球也是东京奥运的比赛用球,相比以往的排球更重,直径也小了一毫米。不过由于中国女排在集训时就用新球进行备战,因此已度过适应期,郎平透露,目前队员们对新球的反馈积极,不会因球的变化遇到太大问题。
  世界杯首战,朱婷领衔出战,对阵由金软璟领衔的韩国女排。首局比赛,袁心玥、朱婷开局防守出色,使中国队以小分领跑。但随后的比赛中,韩国队的李在英利用反击使中国队连续丢分,所幸朱婷及时挺身而出连续得分,帮助中国队25:21拿下首局。
  次局,韩国队开局小幅领先。在郎平指挥下,女排姑娘们稳住进攻节奏,利用朱婷的强攻、龚翔宇的反击以及袁心玥的发球将比分反超,以25:15轻松拿下第二局。
  第三局,小将李盈莹替换张常宁登场,中国队进攻火力更猛,朱婷在最后阶段一锤定音,以25:14结束比赛。中国女排以3:0战胜韩国队,迎来开门红。朱婷本人也以22分荣膺得分王。
  赛后,郎平认为队伍发挥比想象中好,尤其在接发环节适应很快。“对于场馆的空间感、传控节奏都要适应,刚开始拦网总是跳得太早,所以暂停时告诉大家一定要把握节奏。”郎平点评道。
  根据赛程,中国女排将在15日迎战三大赛中尚未有过交手的喀麦隆队。(责任编辑查正富 主编陈雪霏)  

China Finland Year of Winter Sports begins

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 10(Greenpost)– China Finland Year of Winter Sports has begun, announced Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture in a press release reaching here today.

The year 2019 was designated as the China Finland Year of Winter Sports at the meeting of the Finnish and Chinese presidents in spring 2017. Finland is the first country with which China has agreed on this type of winter sports partnership. The thematic year and the preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are expected to boost Chinese interest in Finnish winter sports expertise.

According to Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sport Sampo Terho, the thematic year presents excellent opportunities for Finland in terms of both winter sports expertise and the commercial aspects of the industry.

“Because Finland is the first country with which China has agreed on this type of winter sports partnership, this gives Finland significant visibility and a competitive advantage compared to other winter sports countries leading up to the 2022 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics. Finland has a great deal of opportunities and a lot to offer, particularly when it comes to coaching, building venues for winter sports, sports technology, manufacturing sports equipment and teaching physical education in schools,” says Minister Terho.

The thematic year is focused on four main themes: 1) training and coaching, 2) sustainable development and equality, 3) travel and tourism and 4) competitive and performance sports.

Minister Terho will travel to Beijing to attend the opening of the thematic year, which will take place on 15 January 2019. The closing of the thematic year will be held in Rovaniemi in December.

The thematic year is made up of more than 60 different events, with highlights including the Chinese New Year celebration in Helsinki in February, the “Women’s Month” of April, when Finland hosts both the Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships and the World Synchronized Skating Championships, and three events – Helsinki Education Week, the SMASH sports technology event and GoExpo Winter – taking place in November. As the “Country of Honour” at the 2019, World Winter Sports Expo in Beijing, Finland will have the opportunity to present its knowhow in various areas of winter sports.

In addition to the thematic year, Business Finland has established the Winter Sports Cluster growth programme, which aims to develop cooperation and export opportunities for Finnish businesses with an eye towards the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic games in Beijing.

High-level visits boost cooperation

The Finnish and Chinese presidents agreed on the 2019 joint year of winter sports during President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Finland in April 2017. To coordinate the arrangements for the thematic year, Finland and China established a working group in charge of the joint programme during Sampo Terho’s visit to Peking and Harbin in March 2018.

The year of winter sports is a joint initiative of various ministries, cities, the Finnish Olympic Committee, the Finnish Paralympic Committee, individual sports associations and sports institutes.

China and Finland Promote Cultural and Tourism to Improve Trade and Tourism Industry

 By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

 Zhai Yuhu, Vice Director of Hebei Tourism Development Commission said Hebei province has great advantages and rich cultural and tourism resources. The Great Wall is in Hebei  which embraces both the beach and the mountains as well as skiing site in Zhangjiakou where the 2022 Winter Olympics will be held.
He said the purpose of this visit was to implement the strategic decision between the two countries’ governments.
“In 2017, the governments of Finland and China made the decision to promote cultural exchange with an emphasis on Winter Olympic, energy and tourism,” said Hebei Tourism Development Committee representative Zhai Yu Hu.

The Tourism Development Committee of Hebei Province in association with the Chinese embassy in Helsinki and Visit Finland organised the tourism promotion conference.

The conference was held marking the year 2018 as the EU-China tourism year aimed at promoting the less-known tourist destinations in a proactive way.

Similar to  Finland, Hebei Province also enjoys great sightseeing and snow sport activities in winter. The province is an internationally renowned ice and snow sports and tourism resort in China. It has more than 80 skiing resorts, of which the largest one covers about 156 kilometres. In the 2017-2018 snow season the area received as many as 2.741 million visitors.

In an interview with Greenpost, Zhai Yuhu said that Finland has  long been known as an experienced country in ice and snow activities and sports, Hebei Tourism Development Committee likes to learn from Finland. Besides, the province also aims at knowing more about winter sports equipment from Finnish companies to elevate itself to the international level in terms of manufacturing them.

Zhai Yu Hu said that Hebei  has similar geographical features as Finland, having great forests and a large number of lakes. Embracing the capital city of Beijing and other neighbouring municipalities and facing the Bohai Sea with a 487km coastal line, Hebei Province enjoys great advantages in attracting tourists.

The province  has a variety of top tourism attractions, from the famous Great Wall, world-recognised geological parks and national reserves to the thousand-year historical complex of imperial gardens, ancient palaces and graveyards and temples, it is really worthwhile to visit,  said Zhai Yu Hu.

Apart from a tourism promotion framework, Hebei also has a trade facilitation policy that allows 144-hour visa-free transit for visitors from 53 countries and tax rebate on shopping departures for overseas tourists. A new international airport near Hebei province will open to operation next year to facilitate travel.

Guo Xiaoguang, Cultural Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Helsinki also spoke at the conference. He said China and Finland are really not far away from each other because there is only one country between the two countries, that is Russia.

Guo said that tourism is the best means to increase mutual understanding between the two countries. Therefore, the Chinese embassy to Finland also acts as a bridge between the agencies and companies of Finland and China in accelerating tourism cooperation.

To date, the Finnish national flag carrier Finnair has launched five direct flights from Helsinki to five different cities in China, thereby considerably increasing the number of Finnish tourists to China in recent years, while also adding a large number of Chinese visitors to Finland. Guo again and again introduced Hebei’s famous tourist destinations and warmly welcome Finnish tourists to visit Hebei.

The official tourism promotion board, Visit Finland representative Teemu Ahola, said currently Finnish officials are in China discussing further cooperation between China and Finland in snow sports in 2019 based on Xi jinping’s last year’s visit result.  In December this year,   Finland will go to Zhangjiakou to organise an opening event of the Winter Olympics 2022, which might become a good opportunity for promoting cooperation in sports and tourism between the two countries.

In an interview with Greenpost, Teemu Ahola said China is the fifth largest tourism market for Finnish tourism industry. They really like to tap the great potential of it and will organize promotion activities in China too.

During the promotion conference, the two sides also signed further agreements in deeper cooperation in the future.

About 100 people attended the event.

Top news: Chinese Dongfeng Race Team win the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, June 25(Greenpost, Chineseonline)– Chinese Dongfeng Race Team won the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 in the closest pass in race history.

Skipper Charles Caudrelier led his team to victory on the final leg of the race, a 970-mile sprint from Gothenburg, Sweden to The Hague.

Incredibly, it marked the first leg win for the team — it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Three teams started Leg 11 of the race on Thursday in a dead heat on the overall leaderboard. The finishing order between MAPFRE, Team Brunel and Dongfeng Race Team at The Hague would determine their place on the overall race podium.

Each of those three teams led at various points on the leg and had their opportunities to grab the prize.

But it was Caudrelier and his crew who made a bold call on Saturday evening to take a coastal route to the finish, which squeezed them tight against the shoreline and separated from the other leaders by a series of Exclusion Zones.

“We were not in such a good position, but we trusted our choice and we pushed,” Caudrelier said. “The others didn’t follow us, but we believed and we won…”

The decision hurt the team in the short term as they tumbled down the leaderboard. But by Sunday morning, with less than 100 miles left to race, weather routing projections had the top boats finishing within minutes of each other. None had been able to break away overnight, despite the significant splits on the race course.

“We knew that we would fall behind initially and that if it came good it would only be at the end. The last position report (1300 UTC on Sunday) we were 27-miles from the finish and they were 20-miles and we thought it was over. But then I did a small weather routing and it showed we could end up one-mile ahead so I woke everyone up and said, ‘let’s push!’”

As the teams finally converged again on Sunday afternoon, just a few miles from the finish, it was Dongfeng Race Team, flying down the coast from the north sliding in front of the offshore group, to earn their first leg win, propelling Caudrelier’s team to overall victory.

“We always trusted each other. Nobody thought we were going to win this last leg, but I had a good feeling,” an emotional Caudrelier said, after thanking his supporters and team. “I said ‘we can’t lose, we can’t lose, we can’t lose’… and we won!”

© Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

The overall results make this the closest finish in the 45-year history of the race and marks the first win for a Chinese-flagged team. It also means Carolijn Brouwer and Marie Riou were on board as the first women sailors to win the Volvo Ocean Race.

Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE was third on the leg, which put the team into second overall.

© Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

“It has been tough,” Fernández admitted. “We sailed very well the whole way around the world and on this leg as well, so naturally we’re a bit disappointed. We were very, very close this time, but it was not quite enough. So we have to say congratulations to Dongfeng who sailed a little bit better than us.”

Team Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking would have liked nothing more than to win the race for the first time in eight tries with a home finish in The Netherlands. But it wasn’t to be. His fourth place leg finish left the team in third place overall.

© Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

“Third place, still on the podium, I think we can be pretty proud of that as a team,” he said. “We thought we had made the right choice (to go further offshore) and we expected a windshift. It came 90-minutes too late and that was the race. But that’s yacht racing. And of course we have to congratulate Dongfeng and MAPFRE for their results.”

Second place on the final leg into The Hague was Dutch skipper Simeon Tienpont and his team AkzoNobel, who had previously secured fourth place on the overall leaderboard.

“It’s incredible to finish on the podium in our hometown,” Tienpont said. “We would have loved to have been fighting into The Hague for the final podium but to have set the 24-hour speed record and to get six podium finishes in the race is a testament to the job everyone on our team – on the boat and on shore – have done.”

Vestas 11th Hour Racing had already been locked into fifth place on the scoreboard and after a promising start to Leg 11, had a disappointing seventh place finish on the leg.

“We have a great group of folks on this team,” skipper Charlie Enright said. “We’ve been through a lot and I’m not sure any other group could have dealt with the challenges we have faced the way we did. It’s something special and we’re going to continue to work together moving forward. This was a tough way to go out certainly, but we have one more opportunity with the In-Port Race this weekend.”

That In-Port Race, scheduled for Saturday afternoon, will determine the sixth and seventh place positions in this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Both SHK/Scallywag and Turn the Tide on Plastic finished the Volvo Ocean Race on equal points.

The tie-break mechanism is the In-Port Race Series, where David Witt’s Scallywag team currently holds the lead. But Dee Caffari’s Turn the Tide on Plastic is just three points behind and a strong finish on Saturday could lift them off the bottom of the leaderboard.

© Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

“We can’t help but smile today. We’ve done it,” said Caffari. “This leg was like the longest In-Port Race ever. A lot of corners to go around, and we gave it 100 per cent and left nothing in the tank.”

For David Witt, the finish was bittersweet the loss of John Fisher overboard in the Southern Ocean top of mind.

“I have very mixed emotions right now,” Witt said dockside immediately after finishing. “I’m incredibly proud of our team both on and off the water. We’re very tight and we have gone through a lot… But I’m also sad of course. I didn’t finish it with my best mate (John Fisher) who we started with. So very mixed emotions, but I’m glad we finished it.”

The teams will celebrate their accomplishments and take well-earned rest on Monday. The rest of the week will see activities in The Hague building towards the final In-Port Race and Awards Night on June 30.

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 11 Final Leaderboard — Saturday 23 June
1. Dongfeng Race Team – 3 days, 3 hours, 22 minutes, 32 seconds
2. team AkzoNobel – 3 days, 3 hours, 38 minutes, 31 seconds
3. MAPFRE – 3 days, 3 hours, 39 minutes, 25 seconds
4. Team Brunel – 3 days, 3 hours, 45 minutes, 52 seconds
5. Turn the Tide on Plastic – 3 days, 3 hours, 56 minutes, 56 seconds
6. SHK / Scallywag – 3 days, 4 hours, 01 minutes, 32 seconds
7. Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 3 days, 4 hours, 05 minutes, 36 seconds

Volvo Ocean Race Overall Points Leaderboard after Leg 11
1. Dongfeng Race Team – 73 points
2. MAPFRE – 70 points
3. Team Brunel – 69 points
4. team AkzoNobel – 59 points
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 39 points
6. SHK / Scallywag – 32 points *
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic – 32 points *

* Should there be a tie on the overall race leaderboard at the end of the offshore legs, the In-Port Race Series standings will be used to break the tie.

Source: www.volvooceanrace.com

Long Yuxiang Meets SCEA President Zhang Qiaozhen in Stockholm

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 16(Greenpost)—Visiting CPPCC member and Executive Director of China International Cultural Communication Center Long Yuxiang has met Zhang Qiaozhen, President of Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association in Stockholm on Jan. 13, 2018. They have exchanged ideas on promoting cooperation between China and Sweden in cultural, economic and sports sectors especially in ice hockey.

Zhang Qiaozhen has expressed warm welcome and deep gratitude  to Long Yuxiang’s visit. She said that SCEA is an information exchange platform for Swedish and Chinese entrepreneurs and was established on November  2015.  It mainly focuses on  environmental protection, energy saving technology, clean energy, biomedicine, life science, electronic information etc.

Zhang Qiaozhen said SCEA will try its best to provide a friendship bridge across the border and cultures between the two sides. It is a platform for scientific research, finance, trade and talented people. In the areas of  winter sports in particular ice hockey, China has made a great leap forward development in recent years and are looking forward to 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Zhang said SCEA hopes to be able to join hands with China International Cultural Communication Center to do its best in ice hockey cooperation and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Long Yuxiang has thanked Zhang Qiaozhen for her contribution in pushing forward  exchanges and cooperation between the two sides. He said Sweden is an important country in Europe and the largest country in Nordic region. It has advanced economic and technological development. Its Swedish Model in social governance is well-known in the world.

Long said Sino-Swedish friendship has had a long history and Sweden is the first western country in the world to establish diplomatic relations with China.  In recent years, Sino-Swedish relations developed steadily and cooperation in various fields are deepened. As an important window for China to conduct cultural exchange with foreign countries, China International Cultural Communication Center has been engaged in making national cultural brand, holding the responsibility of attracting foreign culture towards the future, and established friendly relations with 130 countries in the world.

“President Xi Jinping has paid important attention to ice hockey development and made a series of directories for hosting 2022 winter Olympics. Kunlun Red Star Ice Hockey Club was established on June 25, 2016 witnessed by both Chinese and Russian Presidents. It symbolizes the birth of the first Chinese World class Ice Hockey Club. Since its establishment, it has seriously implemented Xi Jinping’s important mandate in order to promote Chinese Ice Hockey team to achieve excellent achievements in Winter Olympics. It has made great progress in improving Chinese ice hockey teams’ overall level. It also takes “belt and road” initiative as its mission to promote sports and culture exchanges. ”

Long Yuxiang said his center is more than willing to exchange and cooperate with Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association in promoting bilateral cultural , economic and sports especially ice hockey exchange and cooperation.

Yue Xinyu, founder of Beijing Kunlun Red Star Ice Hockey Club, Zhang Shouting, Nordic Sustainable Development Association, Zhang Shaobin, President of Shenzhen Kong Wah Real Estate Group, Zhang Shenhua, President of Shenzhen Xinyu Fund and Zhang Luping, General Manager of Rongtai Investment AB were also present at the meeting.

Photo/text Xuefei Chen Axelsson