Qingdao races into sports events
A sailing competition is held in Qingdao, Shandong province on Sept 13, 2017. [Photo/VCG]
Qingdao will step up efforts to establish itself as a sports city by hosting a slew of sports events and developing a strong infrastructure this year, according to the city's work conference for sports held on March 1.
The eastern coastal city in Shandong province is set to enhance its status as an international sailing city. Qingdao has confirmed that this year it will host sailing events including the 2022 Laser Radial Sailing Men's and Women's World Championships, the 14th Qingdao International Sailing Week and Qingdao International Marine Festival, the Shandong Peninsula City Sailing Rally and the 5th "Far East Cup" International Sailing Rally.
Other major sports events including the National Swimming Championships, National Trampoline Championships, China Fencing Club League, National Cheerleading League, National Squash Club League and Qingdao Marathon, have also been scheduled to be held in Qingdao this year.
Public workout facilities in the city will be enhanced, according to the city's sports bureau. Within this year, Qingdao plans to construct 50 new fitness facilities, including sports parks, sports fields, and community fitness centers.
To engage local residents in fitness, Qingdao will also issue vouchers to stimulate spending on sports, organize fitness activities across the city, and provide intelligent services for fitness enthusiasts.