WBU's MWG fa­cil­i­ties

Changjiang Weekly - - 2019 MILITARY WORLD GAMES - By Huang Qi

Wuhan Busi­ness Univer­sity is tak­ing on three of the sports fa­cil­i­ties: a nata­to­rium, an eques­trian ring, and a fenc­ing arena.

The fenc­ing arena at the univer­sity, which is part of the mod­ern pen­tathlon sports ground, is be­ing con­verted from a bas­ket­ball sports com­plex. The con­ver­sion in­volves del­i­cate light­ing and il­lu­mi­na­tion. "Fenc­ing is a highly light-sen­si­tive sport. The bright­ness of the light­ing in­door should be ad­justable to the out­door nat­u­ral light source so that no shad­ows of the com­peti­tors or their ri­vals will bother them dur­ing the fenc­ing com­pe­ti­tion," said Mr. Li Yao­nan, the vice-dean of the Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion School. There are 100 sets of lights equipped on the ceil­ing above the arena, 70 above the spec­ta­tor seats and 13 emer­gency lights on the wall.

The nata­to­rium is also part of the mod­ern pen­tathlon fa­cil­ity, the con­struc­tion of which be­gan last May and will be com­pleted in Oc­to­ber. It is equipped with a

514-seat bleacher sec­tion, two in­door swim­ming pools, a 10-lane sec­tion, one of which is for use in com­pe­ti­tion and an 8-lane one for prac­tice. The swim­ming pools are floored with spe­cial tiles so they feel com­fort­able to feet, and the ceil­ing is in­su­lated with sound­ab­sorb­ing ma­te­rial to re­duce echoes.

The eques­trian ring, set for both show jump­ing in the mod­ern pen­tathlon and the com­bined event of pis­tol shoot­ing and run­ning, be­gan its con­struc­tion on No­vem­ber 13, 2017. To­day, with other ex­te­rior and in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion in­stal­la­tions, the work­ers are mat­ting syn­the­sized fiber on the eques­trian court and the 800me­ter track. The fiber im­ported from the Nether­lands to en­sure

10-40mm of elas­tic­ity for horse step­ping or jump­ing, is said to be able to en­dure 10 years' of ero­sion.

Pho­tos by Yu Zhiy­ong

The nata­to­rium will open in Oc­to­ber.

The re­cently com­pleted fenc­ing hall

Ar­ti­fi­cial turf on the eques­trian field

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