On 6th December, the 5th National Public Ice and Snow Season was grandly launched at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre Sea Crown Stadium. Li Qiang, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee opened the national popular ice and snow season. Held for the first time in 2014, the first three editions of the event of the event took place in Beijing, and the fourth in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province. In the past four years, the “National Public Ice and Snow Season” has attracted tens of millions of people to participate in winter sports.
The ceremony was attended by numerous officials, among them Gao Zhidan and Li Jianming, deputy directors of the State Sports General Administration, Zhuge Yujie, member of the Standing Committee of the Shanghai Municipal Committee and Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee.
All seven International Olympic Winter Sport Federations were among the many international guests participating at the ceremony. Secretary General, Sarah Lewis represented FIS alongside Ivo Ferriani, President of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation, Kate Caithness, President of the World Curling Federation, Rene Fasel, President of the International Ice Hockey Federation, Jan Dijkema, President of the International Skating Union, International Luge Federation Secretary-General Einars Fogelis, Acting Secretary-General of the International Biathlon Union, Martin Kuchenmeister, and Hu Wenxin, Vice President of the International Ice Hockey Federation, who all witnessed a magical night in Shanghai.
Sarah Lewis enthused: “The excitement surrounding winter sports in China was evident at this impressive Opening Ceremony of the National Public Ice and Snow Season in Shanghai. In addition to the athletes’ performances, many ski resorts all over the country broadcast images and messages as part of the show to underline the significant level of activity underway in many parts of the country. The Get Into Snow Sports, GISS-China project will greatly contribute towards the Government’s objective of 300 million winter sport participants with enjoyable and high-level instruction.”
At the launching ceremony, a splendid ice and snow performance showcased the charm of ice and snow sports, underlined the popularity of ice and snow sports in north and south of the Yangtze River, and the flourishing situation in Shencheng. The participation of many outstanding athletes in the ice and snow sports added colour to the event.
In recent years, Shanghai has been striving to build a bridgehead for ice and snow sports in the south, actively expanding the participation in ice and snow sports by innovating and holding events to increase the appreciation of ice and snow sports in China.