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Beijing Sports University Chairman Cao Weidong speaks of renewed focus on basketball in China

October 04, 2018

Beijing Sports University Chairman Cao Weidong speaks of renewed focus on basketball in China


XI'AN (FIBA World Basketball Summit) - The build-up to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China, and the eventual staging of the 32-team tournament in eight cities, has been very impactful in one very specific way in the country: it has sharpened the focus of authorities in the Far East nation on all things related to development in basketball.

The Chinese, led by Yao Ming - their legendary former national team stalwart turned President of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) - are looking as determined as ever to take a giant leap forward in the game, whether it's having better players, coaches, referees or administrators.

There is a determined and concerted approach to not only have children be presented to the sport at schools, but also to teach them and unearth potential talents.

"WE NOW HAVE A SCHOOL OF BASKETBALL. WE HAVE MADE VERY CLEAR (THE NEED) TO CULTIVATE WORLD CLASS TALENTS IN BASKETBALL."- Cao Weidong

That was the message delivered by Cao Weidong, Chairman of Beijing Sports University, at the first-ever FIBA World Basketball Summit held in the Chinese city of Xi'an.

Speaking about his university, Cao said: "We now have a school of basketball. We have made very clear (the need) to cultivate world class talents in basketball in relevant areas. We are trying to cultivate grassroots talents that can serve the basketball business endeavor in China.

"The education minister said the other day that PE (Physical Education) classes in the curriculum must be made available in all primary and elementary and middle school, one of which is a basketball class and curriculum, which will be among the most popular courses for students and teachers.

"We hope to train a number of those sport and basketball teachers who would be suitable to teach and train top level talents."


Cao referred to China's Belt and Road Initiative, saying that basketball is being impacted by it. The government development strategy is "a bid to enhance regional connectivity and embrace a brighter future".

Under the initiative, the country is sending players, coaches, referees and administrators to other countries in order to gain insight.

"We have conducted a number of cooperations with countries along the Belt and Road Initiative," Cao said.