Un­der­wa­ter hockey mak­ing a splash

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Un­der­wa­ter hockey is be­com­ing pop­u­lar among swim­mers and divers in a dozen big cities, in­clud­ing Bei­jing, Shang­hai and Guangzhou.

Play­ers wear div­ing masks, snorkels and fins and carry a short stick in one hand for play­ing the puck in a swim­ming pool. Two teams of up to 10 play­ers com­pete, with six play­ers in each team in play at any one time. In club matches, two of the six must be women.

The sport orig­i­nated in Eng­land in 1954. Now it is mainly played in the UK, Aus­tralia, Canada, France, the Nether­lands, New Zea­land, South Africa and the US.

In China, the sport was orig­i­nally played by for­eign ex­pats and young Chi­nese who had re­turned from over­seas. Later, more Chi­nese swim­mers started to join.

There are two un­der­wa­ter hockey clubs in Chongqing, a me­trop­o­lis in South­west China, with the first one formed last year and the sec­ond one this year. (Photo 4)

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Tourists visit the Mu­tianyu sec­tion of the Great Wall to en­joy the au­tumn scenery in Bei­jing on Sun­day.

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