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NW China major archery competition

September 14th, 2015 Comments off

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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Life about crossbow shooting

August 12th, 2015 Comments off

ORDOS, Inner Mongolia, Aug. 12 (Xinhua)crossbow shooting
They all come from Nujiang, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, but represent different teams to compete here at the ongoing 10th Chinese Ethnic Games. For these shooters of ethnic Lisu, crossbow is life.
“Our group of people love crossbow, especially the men,” said Yu Siyi,coach of Team Yunnan, the favourite of the traditional crossbow shooting at the ethnic games. “We bring the crossbow along no matter where we are going to and play crossbow shooting almost every weekend.”
crossbow shooting -2Taking aim, firing and competitors trying to hit the bull’s eye, the game of crossbow shooting is similar to archery, but the shooters don’t need to pull the bow while they put the arrow in a slot to fire it with a trigger.
At Nujiang, ethnic Lisu account for almost 70 percent of the 540,000 population. “There are men and women, young and old playing crossbow shooting. Boys even begin to shoot at the age of five and their crossbows are made by their parents,” said Yu.
The traditional crossbow is made of wood and the arrow is made of bamboo. Zhong Xingcai just makes crossbows for living.
“I’m good at making crossbows. I can earn 80,000 to 90,000 yuan every year,” said the craftsman competing for Team Yunnan. Read more…

China archery launches selection for Rio Olympics

March 27th, 2015 Comments off

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