Ice hockey gets State-level back­ing ahead of Games

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By LI FUSHENG li­fusheng@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China is try­ing out a new train­ing method for its ice hockey play­ers in the hopes of im­prov­ing their per­for­mance at the 2022 Win­ter Olympics.

One of the moves in­volves es­tab­lish­ing the na­tional ice hockey club ear­lier this year.

The new group, cre­ated by the Chi­nese Ice Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, the Hei­longjiang pro­vin­cial sports bu­reau and the HC Kun­lun Red Star club in May, is an up­graded ver­sion of the pre­vi­ous model for or­ga­niz­ing a na­tional team.

HC Kun­lun Red Star is the first Chi­nese team to play in the Kon­ti­nen­tal Hockey League, an in­ter­na­tional pro­fes­sional league, with a top-class team of in­ter­na­tional ex­perts.

Wang Zhili, a se­nior of­fi­cial in charge of win­ter sports at the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sports, said the move will in­volve the team mem­bers in in­ter­na­tional games rep­re­sent­ing China and in rep­re­sent­ing the club.

That means they will have ac­cess to many more games than they would in the na­tional team alone, and so be well pre­pared for the 2022 Win­ter Olympics, Wang said.

The men’s team goal is to qual­ify for the games and strive for a strong per­for­mance, while the women’s team goal is to win a medal.

Richard See­ley Ed­ward, head coach of the Chi­nese women’s team at the Asian Win­ter Games, said ice hockey re­quires play­ers’ con­tin­u­ous par­tic­i­pa­tion in high-level events.

Ed­ward said he is con­fi­dent in the play­ers’ abil­i­ties, adding that what they need is more ex­pe­ri­ence.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

The Bei­jing Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee for the 2022 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games has moved its of­fices to a for­mer in­dus­trial area in Bei­jing.

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