Shaolin soc­cer be­comes a re­al­ity in­He­nan prov­ince

China Daily (Canada) - - ADVERTISEMENT - By QI XIN in Zhengzhou qixin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A soc­cer train­ing cen­ter for teenagers opened on Tues­day at a mar­tial arts school in Dengfeng, He­nan prov­ince.

The move brings to real life the Stephen Chow film Shaolin Soc­cer, a hit com­edy about a group of monks from Shaolin Tem­ple­who­form a dy­namic foot­ball team.

Liu Haiqin, head­mas­ter of the Shaolin Tagou Mar­tial Arts School, one of the big­gest kung fu schools in China, said it was good to pro­mote the pop­u­lar­ity of Chi­nese soc­cer, es­pe­cially among youth.

In March, the State Coun­cil is­sued a guide­line for the re­form and de­vel­op­ment of the Chi­nese soc­cer in­dus­try.

The mar­tial arts train­ing course fo­cuses on aged 10 to 12 years.

Or­ga­niz­ers ex­pect to en­roll 100 stu­dents in two classes, one for boys and one for girls.

Can­di­dates in­clude the nearly 30,000 stu­dents at the school, Liu said.

The willpower, mo­ti­va­tion and courage em­pha­sized in the mar­tial arts will also be stressed in soc­cer train­ing, he said.

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“Their prin­ci­ples are sim­i­lar. They both aim to build power with both de­fen­sive and of­fen­sive ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” Liu said.

Zhang Guiyi, a soc­cer fan, said the new form of the game may mix the mar­tial arts with soc­cer, but he doubts it will be­come a cra­dle for pro­fes­sional play­ers be­cause soc­cer in­volves com­pe­ti­tion, not per­for­mance in the field.

China’s min­ing and top en­ergy-con­sum­ing in­dus­tries suf­fered a sharp slow­down in fac­tory out­putand­fixed-as­set in­vest­ment last month, fur­ther soft­en­ing over­all growth, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial data.

In com­par­i­son, consumption re­mained solid in Oc­to­ber, which lifted in­vest­ment in ser­vices and pro­moted the over­all eco­nomic re­struc­tur­ing process, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Bureau of Sta­tis­tics onWed­nes­day.

In Oc­to­ber, the in­dus­trial out­put growth of the min­ing in­dus­try slowed to 0.4 per­cent year-on-year, down from 1.2 per­cent in Septem­ber. Growth in out­put from six en­ergy-con­sum­ing in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing elec­tric­ity and chem­i­cal raw ma­te­rial pro­duc­tion, dropped to 5.8 per­cent from 6.7 per­cent, the NBS re­ported.

In­dus­trial out­put growth for all 41 in­dus­tries slightly de­clined to 5.6 per­cent in Oc­to­ber, from 5.7 per­cent in Septem­ber.

“In the re­struc­tur­ing process, the fast de­vel­op­ment of new in­dus­tries, such as high­tech man­u­fac­tur­ing, still can­not off­set the slow­down in tra­di­tional sec­tors, so in­dus­trial out­put may face per­sis­tent down­ward pres­sure in the fu­ture,” said Jiang Yuan, a se­nior econ­o­mist at the NBS.

Fixed-as­set in­vest­ment showed growth of 10.2 per­cent in the first 10 months, down from 10.3 per­cent in the pe­riod from Jan­uary to Septem­ber, the NBS said.

In­vest­ment in high-en­er­gyin­dus­tries in­creased just 0.8 per­cent year-on-year in the first 10 months, while it de­clined by 22.9 per­cent in the petroleum pro­cess­ing and nu­clear fuel pro­cess­ing sec­tors.

Louis Kuijs, an econ­o­mist at Ox­ford Eco­nomics, said that fixed-as­set in­vest­ment mo­men­tum re­mained rel­a­tively sub­dued as weak­ness in property con­struc­tion and ex­ports con­tin­ues to de­press sales and profit mar­gins in large sec­tions of in­dus­try.

“De­spite­some­pos­i­tive signs and pol­icy eas­ing al­ready un­der­taken, growth is likely to

We ex­pect more in­cre­men­tal do­mes­tic eas­ing mea­sures in 2016, with a larger role for fis­cal pol­icy.”

soft­en­mor­einto2016,” he said. “We ex­pect more in­cre­men­tal do­mes­tic eas­ing mea­sures in 2016, with a larger role for fis­cal pol­icy.”

The out­putand­in­vest­ment growth for equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing and high-tech in­dus­tries were much higher than the av­er­age lev­els.

The coun­try’s re­tail sales, how­ever, reached 2.83 tril­lion yuan ($444.6 bil­lion) in Oc­to­ber, which was 11 per­cent higher than the same time last year. The growth rate was ac­cel­er­ated from 10.9 per­cent in Septem­ber, the sta­tis­tics bureau said.

The ser­vice sec­tor, which ac­counted for nearly 60 per­cent of the econ­omy, will be fur­ther strength­ened by the ro­bust consumption, while main­tain­ing a stable la­bor mar­ket means that wage growth will re­main solid, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts.

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