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Sports In Tibet

Sports In Tibet Athletes of the region won three golden medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals in 2005 in the competitive sports matches at home and abroad. In the same year, Tibet made 13.58 million Yuan by selling sports lotteries and collecting public welfare funds to the tune of 4.55 million Yuan.

Mass Sports Activities

In recent years, Tibetan mass sports activities have flourished. According to incomplete statistics, the TAR has held 1,200 mass sports meetings since 1989, with an annual average of 70, representing an increase of 49 before 1988. By the end of 2005, over 600,000 Tibetans had joined in mass sports activities, accounting for 22 percent of the region¡¯s population. The morning exercise and evening exercise activities launched in Lhasa and other places are popular among retired cadres and employees and sports fans. Tibetan traditional sports are shown in festivals in agricultural and pastoral areas, helping promote Tibetan traditional sports and reflect the spirit of becoming well-off for farmers and herders.

Moreover, the TAR attaches importance to training key personnel to promote mass sports. It has nurtured thousands of coaches through opening training classes in setting-up exercises to radio music, shadow boxing, dance and calisthenics. In 2005, the TAR held four types of training classes in the fields of body-building Qigong, mass setting-up exercises to radio music and mass body-building, inviting experts from the State Bureau of Sports to lecture to 120 trainees. After a ten-day training, 84 gained the qualification of State Class A social sports instructors, 20 State Class B and 16 State Class C in the examination.

Tibet traditional folk sports

Tibet traditional folk sports are the outcome of natural physical geography and national living customs. They are games and, at the same time, they are shows. The main traditional sports items are: horse racing (the competitors ride without saddles) Horsemanship (including riding and shooting, picking up a Hada scarf while riding fast and so on. The participants wear ancient costumes, put on big red cap and the horses are decorated with feather flowers and copper bells), polo, arrow shooting (it is popular in Mainling, Medog and Zayu areas; there are some holes on the arrowhead, so that when the arrow flies into the sky, the air passing through the holes makes a sound.), wrestling (both sides put on Tibetan gowns, and tie on a wide waistband. It is regulated that competitors can only hold the other¡¯s waist and use hands and the strength of the waist to gain a fall, and the feet are forbidden to be used), two persons¡¯ tug-of-war (the two persons stand back to back, using a rope with two circles at both ends going through between their legs and then harnessing their necks. The hands and knees should touch the ground. The one that pulls the other over the middle line wins), yak racing (the yaks wear red flowers on their heads and are decorated with beautiful saddles; the riders wield a whip and drive fast), holding a stone and the Tibetan game of Go and so on. Now, having been standardized, some of the traditional folk sports items have been adopted as modern sports.


Sports In Tibet In May 2005, an expedition with the important task of re-measuring the height of Mount Qomolangma together with a China-Japan Joint All-Women¡¯s Expedition in memory of the 30th anniversary for a Chinese Tibetan woman namely Pan Duo scaling the summit from the north side set off. Surveyors Chen Jie, Ren Xiubo and Bai Huagang took gravity measurements up to camp C2, at an elevation of 7,790m, breaking the record of 7,600m in this regard. Surveyor Chen Jie eventually reached a height of 8,200m, also the highest for specialist surveyors. On the morning of May 22, some 20 Chinese members of the surveying team including Gyambo, Purbo, Ngawang Gendui and Dorgyi Galsang left the attack camp at an elevation of 8,300 for the summit; in addition, 17 other Chinese members also ascended, breaking the record in regard to numbers. Two Tibetan women, namely Ji Ji and Ji La of the women¡¯s expedition, successfully reached the top from the north side, marking the sixth time for Chinese women to scale the summit since 1975. The surveyors in the expedition placed a surveyor¡¯s beacon on the apex of the earth with an area of some 20 sq m, and they also measured the depth of snow and ice on the summit, which played a crucial role for China to re-measure the exact altitude of Mount Qomolangma.

The mountaineering industry keeps growing in Tibet, and a mode of industrialization has been initially shaped. Mountaineering brings more income for farmers and herders living around the mountains, and also introduces a new channel for the development of the local economy. According to statistics, during the period 2001-2005, the TAR received 530 mountaineering teams from home and abroad, with 7,000 individuals, which brought government revenue of 80 million Yuan and farmers and herders¡¯ income of 11.5 million Yuan.

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