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Chinese coaches boost Samoa's South Pacific Games preparation

Chinese coaches boost Samoa's South Pacific Games preparation

A team of 20 Chinese sports coaches has arrived in Samoa to boost the Pacific nation's preparations for next year's South Pacific Games, which it will host.
Weightlifting coach and team leader Zhang Wenxi said the coaches, who are accompanied by four interpreters, were determined to help Samoa athletes develop a winning edge.
"The best way for Samoa to do well is for everyone to work together, and to train hard, smart and often," Zhang said.
The coaching contingent was welcomed to Samoa this week by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Malielegaoi, who thanked China for responding to Samoa's appeal for coaching assistance.
Malielegaoi said Samoan sports bodies and athletes should take full advantage of the expertise the Chinese coaches could provide.
Samoa, with a population less than 180,000 people, has relied heavily on contact with other Oceanic nations in the past for sports development.
China has already made a substantial contribution to Samoa's preparation for the games, which run Aug. 25 to Sept. 8, contributing to the construction of an international standard Aquatic Center. A technical team of seven engineers is due to arrive shortly to assist with maintenance at the pool.
China is also assisting Samoa with the renovation of the Apia Park stadium that will be used for track and field events. This is expected to be ready for competition at the end of the year.
At least five thousand athletes and officials are expected to attend the games.
The Chinese coaches, some of whom will remain in Samoa until the games begin and others who will stay for a shorter period, were named as Zhang Wenxi, weightlifting, Wang Xiao, swimming, Guo Ruishan, swimming, Ju Zigang, swimming, Lai MinFang, shooting, Lin Ming, athletics, Chi Jianying, athletics, Sha Zhengying, athletics, Li Jing, athletics, Ma Yufu, athletics, Zhou Xiaojun, archery, Lian Suo, boxing, Tan Wenxue, basketball, Liu Chengjun, hockey, Li Hongguo, volleyball, Li Zongyuan, volleyball, Feng Jianli, judo, Zhangjun, sailing, He Zeping, table tennis, Tan Yuping, wrestling.


Updated : 2020-12-05 10:04 GMT+08:00