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Wuhan, a rising star in the world of sports

Source: hubei.gov.cn 06/25/2015 10:06:07

On May 21, in Kuwait, the International Military Sports Council (Counseil International du Sport Militaire, CISM) announced that the 7th Military World Games (MWG) will be held in Wuhan. This event will be the most prestigious international sporting event that Wuhan has ever hosted. >>more

One of the reasons why Wuhan was chosen to host this event is that the city has 88 high-end stadiums and sports facilities. These facilities can meet the needs of the various MWG events. For this reason, the organizers of many important sporting events have chosen Wuhan for major international sporting events.

This year, more than 10 international sporting events, including the WTA Wuhan Open, Asian Athletics Championships, and the FIBA Asia Championship for Women, will be held here. As the sports capital for Central China, the city is only surpassed by Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou nationwide.

Wuhan is also part of a joint bid with Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and four other Chinese cities to host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. According to reports from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), China is the lead candidate. If selected, local sports fans will be able to enjoy both professional military sporting events and world-class men’s basketball games right here.

In late September, the 2015 Wuhan Open, a WTA Premier 5 tournament, will kick off at the Optics Valley International Tennis Center. The majority of the top 10 professional female tennis players are expected to participate in this event. This fall, the spotlight will once again be on Wuhan as tennis fans around the world gather here, and in front of their televisions, to watch the matches.

Events

1. Badminton Asia Championships

The 35th Badminton Asia Championships were held in Wuhan from April 21 to 26. Competitive teams from Malaysia, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, India, and a number of other countries sent out their finest players. The Chinese team, led by Grand Slam winner Lin Dan, gave it their all during the competition. >>more

2. World DanceSport Championship

Related: 2014 WDSF Grand Slam Standard & Latin (Wuhan, China)

The 2015 WDSF World DanceSport Championship was recently held in Wuhan. Around 3,000 dancers from home and abroad put on a spectacular show for the audience. Their performances were absolutely stunning. >>more

3. Asian Athletics Championships

The 21st Asian Athletics Championships was held in Wuhan from June 3 to 7. The winners of the competition will qualify to participate in the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Beijing. About 800 athletes from 45 countries and regions gathered in Wuhan for this competition. >>more

4. World Schools Championship Athletics

Related: Mascot of ISF World Schools Championship Athletics 2015

The World Schools Championship Athletics will kick off at Wuhan No. 4 High School on June 28. This event is being held in Asia for the first time this year. More than 1,000 athletes and coaches from 40 countries and regions will promote friendly competition and international exchange here in Wuhan. >>more

5. 21st Asian Rowing Junior Championships

The 21st Asian Rowing Junior Championships will be held at East Lake in June. More than 1,000 participants from over 20 Asian countries and regions will take part in this event.

6. The 6th EAFF East Asian Cup

Related: Schedule of 2015 Wuhan EAFF East Asian Cup

The 6th EAFF East Asian Cup will kick off in Wuhan in August. The Chinese men and women’s football teams will compete against teams from North Korea, South Korea, and Japan. >>more

7. The FIBA Asia Championship for Women

In September, the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship for Women will begin. The winning team will automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

8. The WTA Wuhan Open

Related: 2014 WTA Wuhan Open

After the China Open in Beijing and the Shanghai Masters, the WTA Wuhan Open is the most prestigious tennis event in China. Wuhan was chosen to host this event from 2014 to 2018. This year's tournament will be held from September 25 to October 3. >>more

9. Tour of China

Related: 2014 Tour of China (TOC)

The 6th “Tour of China” road bicycle racing stage race will pass through Wuhan this year. In October, local bicycle enthusiasts will be able to enjoy this event in their hometown.

10. International Youth Football Tournament

Related: 2014 International Youth Football Tournament

This November, at the Wuhan Sports Center, football fans will be able to watch the Chinese National Olympic Football Team play against Olympic teams from three other countries in the International Youth Football Tournament.

(hubei.gov.cn by Mao Huifang)