All-China Games

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The All-China Games is a quadrennial national multi-sports event for non-Olympic sports in China. The events are to "give priority to promoting national physical fitness and providing lots of fun for amateur athletes".[1]

Events include: dragon boat racing, lion dancing, Chinese wrestling, trampoline, dance sports, bridge, golf, aerobics, water skiing, parachuting, body building and fitness, billiards, chess, Chinese chess, mountaineering and climbing, squash, orienteering, hobby craft, wireless location hunt, bowling, roller sports, open water swimming, tug of war; fin swimming, goal ball, boules, bridge, fin swimming, billiards and "Go (game)".

One of the aims is to promote sport and the whole event is dubbed a "national fitness program". So there are no medal rankings.

The Games are organised by the State General Administration of Sports (SGAS). In the past the games have not been widely publicised.

All-China Games
Year City No. of sports No. of participants
2000 Ningbo, Zhejiang 17 2200
2002 Mianyang, Sichuan 22 -
2006 Suzhou, Jiangsu 28 4,085
2010 Hefei, Anhui 34 30,000

History[edit]

The second All-China Games were held in 2002 in the city of Ningbo.[1]

The third games ran 20-30 May 2006, and included 28 sports and 268 disciplines .

The 4th All-China Games, held from 16 to 26 May 2010 in Hefei city, Anhui, mark a major expansion in terms of the number of participants, up from 4,000 to 30,000. There will be 34 sports and a new "awarding system" that means that 60 percent of the participants receive some sort of award. Hong Kong is sending a team for the first time.[2][3]  

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Li, Xiao (30 May 2006). "Dragon Boat, Lion Dance...Sports for All!". China.org.cn. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "HK to compete in All-China Games". RTHK News. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Fourth All-China Games to start in May". Xinhua English News. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010.