First stand-up paddling world championship concludes
chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: October 28, 2019
The Chinese team wins 15 medals during the COYC Cup 2019 ICF Stand Up Paddling World Championships in Shinan district, Qingdao, Shandong province from Oct 24 to 27, ranking third among all teams. [Photo/qingdaonews.com]
The first ever COYC (Costa Oriental Yacht Club) Cup 2019 ICF (International Canoe Federation) Stand Up Paddling World Championships were held in Shinan district, Qingdao, Shandong province from Oct 24 to 27.
More than 300 players from 42 countries and regions participated in the competition, including 12 players between the ages of 16 and 18 from the Chinese stand-up paddling team.
The Chinese team won a total of 15 medals, including two gold, five silver and eight bronze, ranking third among all teams.
"Our team lacks experience and still needs to work on some things. The championship gives us an opportunity to practice," said Jia Chuantao, coach of the Chinese team.
An ICF representative said that Qingdao is the best place to host the first stand-up paddling world championship due to its suitable environment and pleasant atmosphere. ICF plans to promote the development of the sport.
Stand-up paddling has developed rapidly over the past 10 years and has recently become popular in China. Qingdao's selection as the host city for the world championship has strengthened its reputation as the "city of sails" and increased its prospects within China's sports industry.