— Assisting 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, 16 world-class curling teams assembled in Chongqing to compete for the highest glory in Chinese curling
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s call for the “300 million people to participate in the ice and snow sports” aims to promote the ice and snow sports to the public and enrich the sports form for the national fitness activities. At the same time, the 2018 China Open Curling is a prelude to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. The highest-profile international ice and snow events held in China during the Beijing period will lay a solid foundation for the successful holding of the 2022 Winter Olympics, condense the enthusiasm of the masses of ice and snow, and complete the first round of science popularization of curling in China with the high standards of international professional competitions.
At the opening ceremony, the new favorite female singer Feng Timo introduced the admission of 16 national team athletes with “Fancy Broadcasting,” and the government leaders gave a welcome speech for the event and announced the opening of the competition. At the same time, a 'curling star team' led by Chinese famous male singer Sun Nan and famous actor Shen Xiaohai introduced their curling team to the public, gave the audience a chance to pre-empt the curling movement in an unique charm. The trophy that symbolizes the highest honor of this competition - "Mysterious Chinese Dragon" was also announced at the opening ceremony. The trophy is dominated by the mystic Chinese dragon. Bamboo sticks covered with clouds support the base. The "Chinese Dragon" trophy not only gives the curling athlete the highest honor in the arena but also encourages athletes from all over the world to struggle and climb the peak in the field with the spirit of dragon and leaps and self-improvement. As the totem of Chinese traditional culture, Dragon, Bamboo, and propitious clouds are also one of the symbols of the Chinese elements displayed to foreign friends at the opening ceremony.
The opening ceremony of the evening also set up a special link to introduce Sun Nan as one of the initiators [Sun Nan remodels the future special fund]. The fund is deeply concerned with the disabled young people in poverty-stricken areas. The funds are targeted for the use of advanced orthopedic technology to perform limb correction surgery for the disabled adolescents free of charge, helping them achieve the goal of “reforming the future and changing lives.” This attitude of respecting each life coincides with the "curling spirit": curling as a sport that 6-90-year-olds can participate in, more emphasis on the respect of each other and fair competition Adhere to the spirit of "respect, friendliness, and nobleness." Therefore, the cooperation between the two sides in the opening ceremony and follow-up events will help the two to promote more positive energy transmission.
Curling is recognized as one of the most ancient team sports in the world. It is popular across Europe and North America, and a guarantee of TV ratings among all winter sports. Curling itself is at the same time elegant and beautiful. All members on the team perform their own duties to serve the team. The collaboration requires tremendous tacit understanding as well as strategies. It is also known as “the chess on the ice”.
2018 China Open Curling, we look forward to create more excitement together with the world!
More event information and behind-the-scenes footage, please go to the China Open Curling Wechat Official Account.