Olympics primes job mar­ket for for­eign­ers

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION -

As the clock ticks down to the Bei­jing 2022 Win­ter Olympics, more and more for­eign­ers spe­cial­iz­ing in win­ter sports are find­ing em­ploy­ment in China.

Keith Dorin is one of them. The Cana­dian is an ice maker for the sport of curl­ing, a job that re­quires highly tech­ni­cal and spe­cial­ized skills.

In order to main­tain the curl­ing sheet for the 2017-18 Chi­nese Na­tional Curl­ing Cham­pi­onship in Xin­ing, Qing­hai prov­ince, Dorin needed to level the sheet with equip­ment be­fore and af­ter each game.

He had to skip his Christ­mas hol­i­day but is de­voted to his task.

Dorin came to China for the first time last year, and se­cured a job help­ing to make ice for events. He is also work­ing to train lo­cal ice mak­ers, and be­lieves their fu­ture has great prospects, es­pe­cially with the pop­u­lar­ity of win­ter sports surg­ing in China.

Hans Wuthrich, another Cana­dian ice maker work­ing in China, be­lieves that curl­ing is a sport for the masses, rather than only for the priv­i­leged. The sport has huge po­ten­tial to grow in China, he said.

“You see, more than 1.2 mil­lion peo­ple reg­u­larly play curl­ing among the over 30 mil­lion peo­ple in Canada. How could this be a priv­i­leged sport?”

It costs only C$160 ($130) a year on av­er­age for each ama­teur player in Wuthrich’s home­town of Win­nipeg.

“I can see a huge po­ten­tial for pro­mot­ing curl­ing in China, and I think it will be an af­ford­able and pop­u­lar sport here soon. And also, more for­eign­ers spe­cial­ized in curl­ing or other win­ter sports will find jobs here in the fu­ture.”

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