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NW China major archery competition

September 14th, 2015 No comments

When the 1st “Li Guang Cup” International Archery Invitational Tournament took place in the city of Tianshui, Contestants taking aim at the archery tournament, in Tianshui, Gansu, on Sept 9.Gansu province Sept 9 – 11, it had as many as 50 delegations, with 300 contestants, from China, the United States, France and other countries taking part.

In expressing his pride in the event, Yang Weijun, Tianshui‘s mayor, said at the opening ceremony, “Tinshui expects to carry on the tradition of Chinese archery culture and Chinese sports and continue this archery event,” then he added, “We also hope to publicize our culture this time”.

Tianshui has a long history and culture and is the home of famous figures, such as Li Guang, a general of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 24), who was said to have shot an arrow into a rock, and the source of the competition’s name.

Li Guang was known for his bravery and toughness in the battlefield, and was nicknamed the “Flying General” by his Staff clear a target at the 1st 'Li Guang Cup' International Archery Tournament, in Gansu.Xiongnu enemies.

Sponsors of the event are the Chinese Archery Association and Gansu Sports Bureau.

Source: By Li Xiaoxu (chinadaily.com.cn)
Edited by Roger Bradshaw
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China archery launches selection for Rio Olympics

March 27th, 2015 No comments

Chinese Archery AssociationFUZHOU, March 27 (Xinhua) — Chinese national archery team launched selection games on Friday in Putian of Fujian rovince to choose archers from 101 competitors for Rio’s Olympic Games.

According to the organizing committee, the national archery athletes will be selected based on the scores of international contests, national matches and fitness test. The first round in Putian will last till April 10 when 24 archers will be listed. The second and third round will be followed as various games go on.

Mu Yong, head of the national team, said the final list of six archers for Rio would be released next June.

“Before that, we need to play well at world archery championships in Denmark this July to win the qualified seats of Olympics,” said Mu.

Mu said Chinese national team is very young with an average age of 23 to 24. Many talented archers stand out and become competitive.

“We are still inches behind South Koreans,” said Mu. “Our young archers lack experience, especially when the game goes up and down. They need to be more steady and confident, with better psychological control over their emotion.

“We also prepare the special training with different weather conditions, especially in the rainy and windy days.”

Source: English.news.cn

China takes first ever Asiad recurve archery men’s team gold

September 28th, 2014 No comments

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) — China swept Malaysia 6-0 to clinch the recurve archery men’s team title for the first time at the Asian Games here on Sunday.

Chinese athletes Yong Zhiwei (L), Qi Kaiyao (C) and Gu Xuesong pose on the podium during the awarding ceremony of the recurve men's team match of archery at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea,

Chinese athletes Yong Zhiwei (L), Qi Kaiyao (C) and Gu Xuesong pose on the podium during the awarding ceremony of the recurve men’s team match of archery at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea (Xinhua/Wang Peng)

The Chinese young archers edged their South Korean peers 5-4 after the shoot-off in the semifinals two days ago, then defeated their final rivals from Malaysia without mercy.

“I have to say that I was a little bit nervous as it’s the first time I competed in a final,” said Qi Kaiyao, 21, who launched his campaign on Sunday with an excellent 10’s. “We had prepared for a hard fight with the rivals and we had strong confidence in ourselves.”

The three Chinese archers contributed to eleven 10’s in three sets while the Malaysians shot the center mark for eight times.

“We hadn’t expected that we could win so fast,” said Yong Zhiwei, who also qualified for the individual semifinals later on Sunday. “But we believed in ourselves. We had faith in the team.”

South Korea’s loss to China means it failed to secure its ninth straight gold in the event at the Asian Games, but the hosts managed to edge Japan 5-3 to grab the bronze medal earlier.

“Our male archers did perform well at the Asian Games,” said Mu Yong, the manager of the China’s archery team. “They kept calm and shot marvelously. Especially in today’s final, they showed no fear at all.”

In the women’s final, South Korea beat China 6-0 to defend their title. Japan took the bronze after beating India 5-4.

Source: English.news.cn