China Daily, November 9 (Reporter Sun Xiaochen) The Chinese three-person basketball national team held a theme event called “Sparkle, Direct to Paris” in Jinjiang, Fujian Province on Thursday afternoon, and the Chinese three-person basketball national team successfully qualified for the Paris Olympics. Chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association Yao Ming, Secretary of the Joint Party Committee of the Chinese Basketball Association and Vice Chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association Guo Zhenming, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association Xu Jicheng, Executive Director of the National Team Construction Committee of the Chinese Basketball Association and Leader of the Three-person Basketball National Team Chai Wensheng , Vice Mayor of Jinjiang Municipal People’s Government Wu Zunyi, Director of Jinjiang Municipal Sports Bureau Xu Zizhu, General Manager of Shenzhen Basketball Sports Yan Xiaoming, Deputy General Manager of Shenzhen Basketball Sports Song Danna, Chinese three-person basketball national team athletes, coach representatives, club units and competition areas Representatives, sponsor representatives and representatives from multiple media reporters attended the event to review the difficult road of China’s three-person basketball national team to qualify for the Olympics, and looked forward to the 2024 Paris Olympics and the future development of three-person basketball.
The event started with the release of a promotional video on the theme of China’s three-person basketball national team’s bid for the Paris Olympics. The promotional video uses the national intangible cultural heritage – “Tiehua” as a clue to connect the Chinese three-person basketball national team’s long journey to the Olympics. In the dark night, basketballs were thrown into the basket again and again, and the iron flowers turned from stars to blooming in the night sky, lighting up the road to the Paris Olympics, reflecting the efforts and dedication behind the Chinese three-person basketball national team to complete the Olympic mission.
After the promotional video was played, Yao Ming, Chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, first welcomed the visiting guests and affirmed the team’s efforts and the support from the outside world: “I also like to watch the movie “The Wandering Earth”. The real-life version of “The Wandering Earth” was chosen by us. All the athletes performed it once, such as Wang Lili of the women’s team and Zhang Ning of the men’s team, including each athlete represented by them. How many kilometers have they flown, how many take-offs and landings, how many hotels have they stayed in, and how many times have they played on the court? , how many protective gears have been used, these data are only known to you. Although I am an old athlete, I have never experienced a journey like yours. This kind of journey is very unique, and I hope these stories can be read more Tell it well to inspire more young people to participate in basketball projects. Here, I would like to thank you in particular, thank the coaches and athletes for these efforts for us. At the same time, we also want to thank the members of our national team Partners, partners of the Super League 3, have made hard work and contributions during this year to achieve our goal of competing for the Olympics. The 2024 Paris Olympics is another new starting point. We believe that driven by the power of role models, all parties will With our joint efforts, our basketball career will continue to flourish and shine brightly.”
Subsequently, Chai Wensheng, executive director of the National Team Construction Committee of the Chinese Basketball Association and leader of the three-person basketball national team, reviewed the national team’s preparation strategy and thanked all parties for their support, “The success of the three-person men’s and women’s basketball teams in the Olympics cannot be achieved without the joint efforts of everyone. We would like to thank the athletes, coaches, and staff for their hard work, and also thank the Basketball Management Center of the Provincial and Municipal Sports Bureaus, the Basketball Association, various competition regions, sports companies, and sponsors for their strong support.”
Subsequently, Chai Wensheng, executive director of the National Team Construction Committee of the Chinese Basketball Association and leader of the Chinese three-person basketball national team, and Jason Archer, managing director of Under Armor Asia Pacific, presented exclusive customized versions of the national team honorary commemorative jerseys to the athlete representatives. The names of the 25 male and female athletes in front together form the logo of the Chinese three-person basketball team, symbolizing that achieving the goal of qualifying for the Paris Olympics is inseparable from everyone’s efforts. In addition, the jersey also prints each athlete’s exclusive data and highlight moments during this journey. Each number is like a footprint, which is the best witness to this long journey from night to light.
In an interview with the host, athlete representative Guo Hanyu said, “The flight time is about more than 200 hours. It is indeed very hard on the trip. It is the strength of the entire team that supports me and we move towards the goal together.”; Yan Peng compared the preparations for the Tokyo Olympics Different from the Paris Olympics, he said, “It will still be very difficult to hit Paris this year because of the changes in the FIBA competition system. It is very difficult for us, but we did not give up and persisted until the end. Thank you to the staff, The coaches and the workers behind the scenes have been supporting us.” Zhang Yi, an athlete who represented China’s three-person national women’s team, talked about her personal feelings along the way. She said, “Although we have scored points and ranked first in the world, But this process may not be as smooth as everyone sees. Our entire season is very long, and the games are also very intensive. But since we choose to represent the country in the competition, we will not make any excuses. We must be worthy of ourselves. Wearing this jersey, we try our best to win every game.”
Since then, Wang Zhanyu and Xu Jiamin, the head coaches of the Chinese three-person basketball national men’s and women’s teams, and Jiangsu Yangzijiang Basketball Club representative Shi Jincheng, Shanghai Yumin Basketball Club representative Lu Yugang, Wuxi Huishan Basketball Club representative Rui Yebin, Wuhan Shengfan Professional Basketball Club representative Zhao Feifei, Jiangsu Province Hu Zhuqing, representative of the Basketball Management Center, jointly participated in the themed forum “Walk Hand in Hand, Heading to Paris Together”.
On the road to qualifying for the Olympics for the Chinese three-person basketball team, in addition to the efforts and dedication of the athletes, the clubs to which each player belongs and many related units have also made outstanding contributions. Club representatives shared their experiences in hosting international 3×3 basketball events, and the head coaches of China’s 3×3 basketball national men’s and women’s teams also expressed their sincere gratitude to the clubs and looked forward to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
When talking about hosting a three-person basketball event, Lu Yugang said, “Because the overall points of China’s three-person basketball were indeed lagging behind at that time, we hosted the game with the mentality of giving it a try first, and tried our best to make some contributions to help the national team gain points.” “; Rui Yebin said, “Wuxi has actually been hosting some challenge matches since 2018, and the atmosphere of three-person basketball is relatively better. Hosting these events can also further enhance a city’s awareness of this sport.” Zhao Feifei said, “The Wuhan match we are hosting is the world’s first match of the FIBA 3×3 WS Women’s Series. One of the reasons for hosting it is to actively respond to the State Sports General Administration’s strategy to revitalize the three major sports and the Wuhan Municipal Government’s policy to support the sports industry in attracting tourists to Wuhan. Another reason is to On the one hand, we hope that the Chinese three-person basketball women’s team can qualify for the Paris Olympics as soon as possible and do their best for the national team.” Hu Zhuqing said, “I am honored to have our Jiangsu athletes in this process of competing for the Paris Olympics. and the contribution made by our Jiangsu Sports Bureau and Jiangsu Club. The Paris Olympics is actually a new starting point. We will continue to spare no effort to make our contribution, and at the same time we will also devote ourselves to training our young players. Well, we will make our due contribution to the future development of Jiangsu three-person basketball.” When talking about the conflict between club athletes participating in the league and the national team competition schedule, Shi Jincheng said, “I have never struggled with it, and I firmly support the national team’s mission to compete for the Olympics. The values of our entire club are the same. I often say ‘youth’ You are here to fight, let alone when the country needs you. In the eyes of us Chinese, when we encounter difficulties and obstacles, what we think of is Foolish Old Man moving mountains.”
Talking about the prospects for the 2024 Paris Olympics, Wang Zhanyu, head coach of the Chinese three-person basketball national men’s team, said, “Through this year’s competition, our players’ abilities have been greatly improved, and they have become more familiar with the level and characteristics of outstanding international players. Help us formulate different plans based on the characteristics of our opponents in subsequent preparations. After qualifying for the Olympics, what we need to do is to better formulate plans for next year, prepare carefully for preparations, maintain the enthusiasm for the game and the spirit of fighting, and do our best to Go wherever you go and strive for the best results.”
Xu Jiamin, head coach of the Chinese three-person basketball national women’s team, said, “Our team’s goal remains the same. Whether it is a domestic or international event, we will go all out to achieve the best results. After winning the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, the media And the fans, including ourselves, also have higher expectations for the Paris Olympics, and there will be more breakthroughs in the original results.”
The “Three-person Basketball – New Opportunities for Competitive Sports” theme forum event was held subsequently. Xu Jicheng, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, Jason Archer, Managing Director of Under Armor Asia Pacific, Zhong Guoliang, Senior Manager of Sports Market of Under Armor Asia Pacific, and Wilson Brand Ge Fan, the person in charge, and Dou Hongxing, managing director of Therabody China, interpreted the development of three-person basketball from a brand perspective, deeply discussed the new opportunities of three-person basketball as a competitive sport, and looked forward to its development prospects and market potential.
Talking about the cooperation between Under Armor and the Chinese 3-person basketball national team, Jason Archer said, “Based on the Under Armor brand’s global and basketball plan layout in China, we will cooperate with the Chinese 3-person basketball team in 2019 and hope to expand domestically through cooperation with the Chinese 3-person basketball team.” For the development of three-person basketball, we need to cooperate with more young people to promote the development of this basketball.” Talking about the characteristics of Wilson’s three-person basketball, Ge Fan said, “Since 2016, we have jointly developed the three-person basketball with FIBA. A basketball suitable for the FIBA 3×3 competition. Helping the development of three-person basketball around the world through technological innovation.” When talking about the services provided by Seribo for China’s three-person and five-person national teams, Dou Hongxing said, “Whether it is We all love five-man basketball or three-man basketball. The culture conveyed by three-man basketball is very consistent with what we want to do. It is actually our honor to be able to contribute a little to our Chinese basketball.”
Xu Jicheng, vice chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, said, “On the road to the Olympics, sponsors have played an indispensable role. From the perspective of the Chinese Basketball Association, we are grateful and our confidence is doubled. Our national team is like a car , and sponsors are like gas stations. We don’t see gas stations running all over the streets. What we see is the progress of cars and traveling across mountains and rivers, but we can’t do this without fuel. So we are all a community, with a goal are consistent”.
Today’s achievements of the Chinese three-person basketball national team are not only the result of the efforts of the athletes, but also the long-term support and companionship of various clubs and sponsor partners, from game preparation support and equipment provision to nutritional supplements and sports rehabilitation. , a solid and reliable behind-the-scenes team accompanies the Chinese three-person basketball national team to move forward. After the theme forum activities, Guo Zhenming, Secretary of the Joint Party Committee of the Chinese Basketball Association and Vice Chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, Wu Zunyi, Vice Mayor of the Jinjiang Municipal People’s Government, Executive Director of the National Team Construction Committee of the Chinese Basketball Association, and Three-person Basketball Chai Wensheng, the leader of the national team, awarded honorary certificates to each supporting unit. Song Danna, deputy general manager of Shenzhen Basketball Sports, issued commemorative jerseys and letters of thanks to each sponsor, affirming the efforts of the club and sponsors.
After everyone present took a group photo, the theme event of “Sparkle, Straight to Paris” and the successful qualification of the Chinese three-person basketball national team for the Paris Olympics came to a successful conclusion. For the Chinese three-person basketball national team, qualifying for the Paris Olympics has brought a successful end to their year of hard work, but the journey is still going on. I look forward to the Chinese three-person basketball national team continuing on the Paris Olympics.” “Strive brightly” and achieve greater success again.
[Editor in charge: Gao Linlin]