Con­vinc­ing hockey win ices introduction to the big leagues

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By SUN XIAOCHEN in Bei­jing sunx­i­aochen@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Now boast­ing ac­cess to the game’s top ech­e­lon, a Bei­jing­based pro­fes­sional ice hockey club has em­braced the chal­lenge of pro­mot­ing the niche sport while cul­ti­vat­ing lo­cal tal­ent for the 2022 Win­ter Olympics.

The Bei­jing-based Kun­lun Red Star, a new­comer to the Kon­ti­nen­tal Hockey League, beat Ad­mi­ral Vladi­vos­tok from Rus­sia 6-3 as the host of a KHL game for the first time on Mon­day.

The en­try of the Bei­jing club was part of a China-Rus­sia sports ex­change. The sign­ing cer­e­mony was at­tended by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and his Rus­sian coun­ter­part Vladimir Putin on June 25 in Bei­jing.

The two lead­ers spoke highly of the first game on the side­lines of the G20 Sum­mit on Mon­day in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince.

Xi said that the game was of great im­por­tance in boost­ing the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries in win­ter sports.

Ice hockey ex­changes be­tween the two coun­tries will help China raise the stan­dard of the game and bet­ter pre­pare for the 2022 Win­ter Olympics in China, Xi added.

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Play­ers from the Kun­lun Red Star and Ad­mi­ral Vladi­vos­tok com­pete dur­ing a KHL game played in LeS­port Cen­ter, Bei­jing on Sept 5.

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