China emergence to the top charts of the world sports arena can be safely attributed to the nationwide sports training camps with world class infrastructure and facilities for the participants.
China emergence to the top charts of the world sports arena can be safely attributed to the nationwide sports training camps with world class infrastructure and facilities for the participants. China has several such sports training facilities around the nation, many of which have helped lay the foundation for China’s Olympic success. We will discuss eight such facilities here in this post.
Jinjiang badminton training base in Fujian Province
Jinjang sports training base was built in 2002 which was the year of historic low for Chinese badminton. Chinese head Coach Li Yongbo liked the existing facilities here and brought his team for training. This was the beginning of a new era for Chinese badminton.
A deadly Epidemic turned them winners
Unfortunately the horrifying SARS epidemic spread among the entire province and Chinese badminton players too were fallen prey to this. The training schedule had to be lengthened from 40 days to 100 days. According to the sources, this long training schedule turned the fortunes in favor of the Chinese badminton players and china won titles in men’s singles, women’s singles and women’s doubles at the 2003 World Championships.
- The training compound is guarded round the clock in order to ensure undisrupted training for the team.
- The Jingjiang facility has a secret weapon – a huge pool full of quartz sand. Shuttlers practice in the pool, battling against the drag of the sand under foot, helping improve their movement and flexibility.
Zhangzhou china women volleyball training camp in Fujian Province
- In 1972, Zhangzhou authorities mobilized local volunteers to build a “bamboo-framed stadium” for the national women’s team.
- In 1992, every citizen of the province donated one yuan to build the stadium after its worst ever defeat in Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
- The Real secret of the team’s success was the love, affection and heart-felt support of the Zhangzhou people.
With a price tag of 5 million yuan, the training base for China’s women’s volleyball team is the most expensive volleyball stadium built in China’s history
Apart from Zhangzhou, Beilun, in Zhejiang province, will become another home of China’s women’s volleyball team once the 127,000 sq m facility finishes construction.
Duoba training complex in Qinghai Province
Duoba was a military factory warehouse. In 1982, The Qinghai Sports Bureau acquired the base and transformed it into a state-of-the-art training complex. The Beijing and Qinghai governments have invested more than 2 billion yuan (USD291 million) in reconstructing the facility over the past 20 years.
This is one of the best high altitude training bases of the world and is popularly known as the factory of gold medalists. It is located in Huangzhong County on the Qingzang Plateau in China’s northwestern Qinghai province, at 2365 m above the sea level where the annual average temperature is 6.5 degree centigrade above zero. There is less oxygen and air is cold.
It has been the training ground for China’s national swimming team, shooting team and track and field team since the 1990s.
- The Duoba training base has produced a large arsenal of Chinese world champions and Olympic stars over the past two decades. The best known bunch is the legendary Chinese long-distance running group “Ma’s Team”, which won four gold medals, two silvers and two bronzes at the 1993 Stuttgart World Championships.
- Xing Huina, the 2004 Athens Games women’s 10,000m gold winner, also attributes her triumph four years ago to Duoba’s unique geological position.
Other sports that train at Duoba include archery, soccer, basketball, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, judo, wrestling, and taekwondo.
Qiandao Lake canoeing & rowing training camp in Zhejiang Province
In 2000, the national rowing team was looking for an appropriate place to train athletes for the 2004 Athens Games. The team was informed of the training base, which the Zhejiang sports bureau had bought for 1.64 million yuan in 1999. Rowing Coach Zhang Guiting discovered the secluded water area. He was impressed by the tranquility of the area and its wide variation of water conditions, making it ideal for rowing and canoe training.
The General Administration of Sport invested another 50 million yuan to overhaul Qiandao Lake, adding world-class canoeing and rowing apparatuses for the team’s training.
The training base lies deep in the heart of the world-famous Qiandao Lake tourism resort. It is 129km from the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. The resort’s name comes from the 1,078 islands sprinkled across the area’s 573 sq km of water surface.
- The water region is not a natural creation, however. It was formed by the construction of a hydropower station in 1959.
- The surrounding forest keeps the region’s weather warm and humid all year long. The average temperature is a stable 17 C.
- As athletes sweat during practice, the training base’s natural beauty helps relieve some of the psychological pressure brought on by the repetitive and sometimes tedious training.
In 2004, Meng Guanliang and Yang Wenjun, both coached and trained in Qiandao Lake, won China’s first-ever Olympic canoeing gold.
Hongta soccer training base in Yunnan Province
Despite the disappointment of China men’s Olympics soccer team, its training base in Hongta, Yunnan province is still considered China’s most comprehensive and well-equipped soccer training complex.
Hongta Group, which owns the Chinese cigarette brand of the same name, built and financed the training base. It was originally home to the province’s first soccer club, also named Hongta, in the 1990s, the first-ever in the history of the province in 1990s. When the club’s popularity fell, Hongta Group decided to turn it into a top-notch training base.
- The base covers an area of 334,300 sq m. Hongta Croup spent a total of 690 million yuan on the construction, which was completed in 2001.
- The training base borders the picturesque Dianchi Lake, one of the most famous tourism resorts in Yunnan.
- The base has 11 full-size outdoor soccer pitches, 11 tennis courts, and four indoor training centers for winter sports, badminton, bowling and swimming.
China’s men’s team has used the base to prepare for almost every important international tournament since 2001.
Zhengding national table tennis training camp in Hebei Province
In August 1970, Wang Guangqing, the man who created prototype of sports training base in China, was transferred to Zhengding County to work as a primary school physical education teacher. Driven by his fervent passion for table tennis, Wang organized a school-wide training team. He spent all his earnings on table tennis books, and led his players in an after-school work program, trying to raise money for training.
Wang’s perseverance paid off eight years later. His 12-member table tennis school received long-awaited support from the city’s sports authority and it became “China’s key table tennis sports school”. The success inspired Wang to turn the school into a nation-wide table tennis training base.
Phase by phase, the school evolved into a modern comprehensive table tennis training compound, providing cutting-edge equipment, facilities and training methods.
The training base is located 260 km from Beijing in Hebei province.
- The 21,000 sq m training base has been designated as the official training venue for the national teams.
- Cai Zhenhua, former head coach of the national table tennis team, described Zhengding as “the best training base on the planet”.
- The proximity to the capital enabled the base to train the Chinese women’s team before the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The team went on to clinch both women’s gold medals.
Jiangmen in Guangdong Province
- Jiangmen is a coastal city to the west of the Pearl River Delta and is the home of the national training base. The city has a long tradition of tennis and has more than 80 tennis courts and tennis was the most widely played local sport.
- Jiangmen has been given the permanent position of the national training base as there is no parallel contender to Jiangmen, which has all the desirable conditions of weather, location, equipment and local support for the tennis game. Also the two players from this place, Li Ting and Sun Tiantian won China’s first-ever Olympic tennis gold.
- Huayuan Hotel, where the training center is located, sits on a beautiful island. There are eight standard tennis courts used for training. Another 12 courts and a central tennis center are scheduled to be built with an investment of 15 million yuan.
- Jiangmen has become a magnet for tennis fans all over China. Tennis is also the core industry of the region.