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Slavish imitation not conducive to hold world-famous sporting events (2)

(People's Daily Online)

08:40, September 18, 2012


Some cities have established special funds to hold international races in order to boost their international images. This may cause unplanned and improper holding of certain events, leading to a waste of money. For example, some local governments have invited foreign football teams to play in China. Foreign football clubs will not send their teams all the way to compete for the championship of a Chinese competition if they are not paid enough. What else can such competitions bring to us except temporary excitement?

Sports are an integral part of culture, and sporting events are a form of cultural activities. Money will be wasted if Chinese cities blindly imitate and pursue international trends when planning for sporting events, but fail to integrate and spread local culture through such events.

Slavish imitation will obliterate the creativity of the Chinese culture.

To be a truly influential country, China must market both its goods and culture to the world. However, it has long neglected the importance of spreading its culture through sporting events.

The Third World Go Celebrity Championship is being held in Changde, Hunan province. The city's Party chief Qing Jianwei said, "Go art is the crystallization of the Chinese culture. Changde is a city of rich cultural heritage. Holding international Go competitions will not only boost the city's image, but also enhance the attractiveness of Go, a board game developed in ancient China. We choose to participate in sports in this way to fulfill our duty".

In addition to Go, China has made other remarkable achievements in sports, including Chinese martial arts. However, Chinese cities now prefer to follow foreign steps and copy foreign competitions.

At present, it is the local government that holds many international competitions in China. If the local governments pay more attention to the spread of fine Chinese culture while planning for the competitions, sports will play a much greater role in introducing the Chinese culture to the world.

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