A move to im­prove square danc­ing’s rep­u­ta­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The na­tional sports gov­ern­ing body will try to help square danc­ing get rid of its du­bi­ous rep­u­ta­tion by bet­ter reg­u­lat­ing it as a mass ex­er­cise high­lighted in the new five-year na­tional fit­ness plan.

Chi­nese square danc­ing, known for older women danc­ing col­lec­tively out­doors to loud mu­sic, is one form of ex­er­cise that should be pro­moted and guided, despite the de­bates it has sparked, said Liu Peng, head of the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sport of China.

“Square danc­ing is gen­er­ally speak­ing a good form of ex­er­cise, though we’ve heard many com­plaints about it be­ing noisy and mo­nop­o­liz­ing pub­lic ar­eas,” Liu said. All tastes in ex­er­cise must be catered to, and we will work with govern­ment de­part­ments to reg­u­late it and ad­dress pos­si­ble prob­lems.”

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