Belt and Road International Students Soccer League Kicks Off in Hangzhou, thirty Pakistani students participating
The opening ceremony of Belt and Road Football League for international students studying in different universities of various Chinese cities held in Yingbin Hangzhou last Sunday.
This competition is a large-scale national public sports event sponsored by international students in China and hangzhouheckles sports. The competition will be held in all provinces of China. The champion of each province will participate in the national final on behalf of his province. During the opening and closing ceremonies, performances will be held to showcasetraditional Chinese culture as well as traditional ethnic art performances of international students.
Talking to Associated Press of Pakistan the organizer of the event Mr. Jian Zhiyong said that it’s the first time that they have organize such an event for foreign students though for the Chinese students there are different kind of soccer leagues and tournaments where they can play and explore their sports talent.
He told that the foreign students love football more than the Chinese students that’s why we decided to give them this opportunity and plan to organize it every year with the expectation to get more sponsors and more people will go to watch the matches.
In the league including thirty Pakistani students, the players from different countries like Russia, Spain, Central Asian Republics, and Africa are participating.
Talking about the league he said that total eight champion teams were participating and every team is comprising of students carrying different nationalities. He added that the event will continue for about four weeks and final match is scheduled at 22nd December. Similarly, the winner team of the league will receive 50,000 Yuan and the runner-up 30,000 Yuan.
Mr. Jian Zhiyong further said that its golden opportunity for foreign students to represent their cultures in China and also know more about Chinese culture and society. The Belt and Road international students Football league is actually based on the Belt and Road cooperation spirit, allowing international students in China to understand Chinese traditional culture, understand modern China, promote Chinese and foreign games, culture, economic cooperation, and develop Chinese and foreign economic ties. Promoting friendship and cooperation among young people around the world trough sports events and to promote and spread The Chinese culture is also a significant objective of this league.
As at the time being we are lacking with sponsors are spectators but still we have spent six hundred thousand Yuan for arranging the tournament, in coming years we plan to organize even bigger football leagues for foreign students if we have sponsors and sufficient spectators, he added.
Numan Ali, a Pakistani student who was member of a team declared it an excellent opportunity and said that he was very much excited about the league. He said the event will not only provide a platform to international students to display their football skills but also to interact with students of other countries and get to know about their culture and way of life. He hoped that all the participating students will play the league with true sportsmanship spirit.
Its worth mentioning that this event is sponsored by hangzhouhercules sports culture co., LTD with the cooperation of jiaxingnanyang vocational and technical college, jiaxing sports centerand the Co-organizer was jiaxing dripping public welfare service center, while the supporting units were chongqing yichuanfootball club, Shandong taiding football club, Guangdong nanyue lion football club, Shaanxi xuanyuan legend football club, Jiangsu huanyang football club, Shanghai mingchengfootball club, Hubei shenchu football club, Guangxi king kongfootball club and Jiangxi ganying football club.