The Eighth Shenzhen Sports Meet Opened Yesterday

The Eighth Shenzhen Sports Meet Opened YesterdayOn the heights of Olympic fever, the quadrennial Shenzhen Sports Meet opened with a number of competitions for the local youth along with a public meet the features delegations from local districts.

During a press and ceremony yesterday marked the official opening of the eighth sports meet that has 26 events for young athletes from Shenzhen particularly in the track and field, gymnastics, swimming, tennis and soccer. The sport meet has design to attract new young athletic talents.

Eight delegations came representing the city districts together with Pingshan and Guangming new areas will be competing with each other during the meet. The athletes are between 7 to 16 years of age and have passed earlier qualifying rounds. The sports meet will be held at the Universaide center in Longgang, the Shenzhen Stadium in Futian and several school venues. The Universiade center was built last year to host the Univesiade Summer games and have been seldom used after the collegiate games ended.

The participating delegations will not be ranked on the number of gold medals but will be selected for outstanding contribution and sports morality awards. The sports meet is aimed to help young athletes to enjoy sports and interact with fellow athletes.

The city is also planning another sports meet in September that will invite participation from city residents.

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