Convincing hockey win ices introduction to the big leagues
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.
Players from the Kunlun Red Star and Admiral Vladivostok compete during a KHL game played in LeSport Center, Beijing on Sept 5.