The opening ceremony for the parallel session of World Snow Day 2018 and International Children's Skiing Festival in Liupanshui, the National Alpine Skiing Youth Invitation Tournament and the 1st Guizhou Youth Winter Sunshine Sports Festival took place on January 15 in Meihuashan International Ski Resort, marking the start of various interesting activities.
Ding Dong, Deputy Managing Director of the Winter Sport Management Center and Deputy Party Secretary of General Administration of Sport of China, and Chi Hong, head of Mass Winter Sports Division of the Winter Sport Management Center of General Administration of Sport of China attended the opening ceremony.
Li Gang, Deputy Secretary of Municipal Party Committee of Liupanshui and Mayor, delivered a speech and declared the opening of the activities. Song Guangqiang, Chief of Sport Administration of Guizhou Province addressed the ceremony. Liu Rui, a member of CPC Liupanshui Standing Committee and head of Propaganda Department of Liupanshui Municipal Committee hosted the opening ceremony.
Wang Wenxue, Deputy Director of Guizhou Tourism Development Committee, and leaders from Liupanshui including Tang Minggang, Li Li and Wei Huasong attended the opening ceremony.
In his speech, Li Gang said that Liupanshui is a noteworthy city in winter. The natural beauty and the skiing activities enrich the winter tourism here. These series of skiing activities provide rare opportunities and serve as a favorable platform for Liupanshui to accelerate the development of winter games and improve the service quality for activity organizing. Under the guidance of President Xi Jinping, Liupanshui will reach the very young and attract young people to winter games. To be specific, the city will formulate a long-term planning to promote mass skiing activities and promote the winter game culture; cultivate young people's interest in winter games and diversify the channels of identifying talents; and improve the infrastructure and facilities to ensure organized and safe services. Except for the diversified activities, Liupanshui also adopts a mode of integrating winter games and tourism, to launch many tourism products that feature sports, health-care, and wellness. Welcome to Liupanshui and enjoy the hospitality of the people and the natural beauty of the city!
Song Guangqiang said that Guizhou is an exiting destination for mountainous outdoors and sports tourism Departments at all levels of Guizhou Province are taking concrete measures to promote the development of mass sports, competitive sports and sports industry in accordance with the instructions of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. And Liupanshui, has established a winter games management center, four standard ski resorts and many skiing teams in response to the call of "leading the 300 million people to join in winter games" and "promoting nationwide winter games". The winter games held in schools, the talent pool set up, and the matches and activities launched in Liupanshui set a good example, demonstrating the city's confidence in enhancing the quality of life for the people and promoting the ideas of joint development of sports + tourism and sports + poverty alleviation. Health is the prerequisite of prosperity. We believe that, under the leadership of the provincial committee and the provincial government, and with the support of the General Administration of Sport of China and various social sectors, the sports undertaking in Guizhou will usher in unprecedented rapid development.
After the opening ceremony, the leaders and guests watched the cultural performance.
These series of skiing activities are hosted by International Ski Federation, Winter Sport Management Center of General Administration of Sport of China, Chinese Ski Association, Liupanshui People's Government, Sport Administration of Guizhou Province, Guizhou Provincial Education Department, and Guizhou Tourism Development Committee. The main venue is Meihuashan International Ski Resort, and sub-venues are Yushe Snow Mountain Ski Resort and Wumeng Ski Resort. A total of 10 teams, including famous teams from Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning and other provinces and well-known domestic skiing clubs, will join the National Alpine Skiing Youth Invitation Tournament and compete for the prize of men's slalom, women's slalom, and giant slalom. 300 people from 30 teams of national- and provincial-level schools of physical training, provincial-level youth camps, municipalities (prefectures) of Guizhou, Gui'an New District, and county (municipality, special district, district) of Liupanshui will take part in the 1st Guizhou Youth Winter Sunshine Sports Festival to compete for the best players of cross country skiing, skiing, snow football, and experience snow tubing, snowman building, and other fun activities. Besides, photo contest themed "skiing in schools", snow artistic performance, freestyle skiing, youth ski enthusiasts skiing, 2018 Liupanshui Snow Carnival, etc will also be held.