Sports body is­sues new reg­u­la­tion on square danc­ing

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BEIJING: China’s sports gov­ern­ing body is­sued a new reg­u­la­tion to man­age pub­lic spa­ces for square danc­ing, with the aim of im­prov­ing the im­age of the pop­u­lar ex­er­cise.

With de­bates over square dancers in pub­lic ar­eas of­ten mak­ing head­lines, the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sport of China re­leased a reg­u­la­tion ad­dress­ing the is­sue of land man­age­ment for the danc­ing, which has drawn mas­sive par­tic­i­pa­tion among the coun­try’s el­derly.

It is es­ti­mated that more than 120 mil­lion Chi­nese peo­ple are reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pants in square danc­ing.

Adding to the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s first guide­line is­sued in 2015, the new mea­sure urges re­gional gov­ern­ment agen­cies to bet­ter plan and su­per­vise the use of pub­lic ex­er­cise venues – parks and open spa­ces in ur­ban ar­eas – for danc­ing and other forms of ex­er­cise, along with other leisure ac­tiv­i­ties.

“De­spite its pos­i­tive in­flu­ence, square danc­ing, with its wide­spread par­tic­i­pa­tion, has ex­posed prob­lems in ur­ban man­age­ment and the lack of fa­cil­i­ties,” the ad­min­is­tra­tion said in a state­ment on its web­site on Mon­day.

“Some con­flicts be­tween dancers and the sur­round­ing pub­lic have un­der­lined the im­por­tance of fur­ther strength­en­ing man­age­ment.”

Scenes of square danc­ing, known for its low stress and so­cial bond­ing, have spread across the coun­try, with el­derly peo­ple mov­ing in uni­son, of­ten to loud mu­sic. — China Daily / Asia News Net­work

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