Governor Yu Weiguo Meets with ISF Delegation
On July 10, 2017, Governor Yu Weiguo met with the delegation of the International School Sport Federation (ISF) headed by President Laurent Petrynka in Jinjiang, a candidate city for the 18th Gymnasiade 2020, a mega-event in world school sports.
The meeting was held during the three-day trip of the ISF to evaluate Jinjiang’s bid for Gymnasiade 2020. The final decision of the host city will be announced in October 2017 in Sardinia, Italy, upon the deliberation of the Executive Committee (EC) of the ISF.
Governor Yu warmly welcomed the delegation’s visit to Jinjiang and highly acclaimed its dedication to promoting education through sport and the importance of Gymnasiade as an international multi-sport event.
Yu said, China has a large group of youngsters and extensive participation in sports. Jinjiang, a sport-loving city, is well-positioned to host the Gymnasiade with its robust sports industry, rich experience in holding international sports events and the tremendous support of the provincial and the central government.
"The delegation’s visit to Jinjiang will be a strong boost to the development of school sports education in Jinjiang, Fujian and China at large. We wish to host the Gymnasiade in 2020, and deliver a truly innovative, vigorous and wonderful event.” said Yu.
In his response, President Laurent Petrynka applauded the tremendous support that Jinjiang enjoys from the central and provincial government authorities and the general public, and spoke highly of Jinjiang’s well-equipped stadiums and other sports facilities.
"I’m greatly impressed by Jinjiang’s sports industry, and the passion of students here for the Gymnasiade.” Petrynka added, pledging to faithfully report the advantages of Jinjiang and Fujian to all ISF EC members and give feedback to the Jinjiang bidding committee promptly. He also expressed his hope to engage more countries and young athletes in the event in 2020.
As the biggest event organized by the ISF, the Gymnasiade has been held for 16 times since 1974. Shanghai played host to the 11th Gymnasiade in 1998.