Sporting visit by Chinese

Mr Xia Lunhao catches up with Jonny and Alistair Brownlee
Mr Xia Lunhao catches up with Jonny and Alistair Brownlee
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Some of China’s leading sports science specialists have descended on the city thanks to the University of Leeds’ Olympic legacy.

Elite sports coaches, practitioners and academic specialists from China have met the university’s alumni, triathlon champions Jonny and Alistair Brownlee, as part of a two-week international development programme.

Rob Wadsworth, University of Leeds head of sport, said: “We’re very privileged to be able to host such an important delegation of academics and sports science specialists from China. “It’s testimony to our reputation as a centre of excellence for sport and the quality of our facilities here.

“Since the 2012 London Olympics, there’s a lot of evidence to show what a positive impact it has had on the university.”

The Chinese Olympic team chose Leeds as its pre Olympic training camp ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.

The wide-ranging conference included visits to sports venues, sports science laboratories, lectures and discussions by Leeds-based sports professionals including GB Triathlon coach Malcolm Brown and GB Diving coach Ady Hinchliffe.

Head of the Chinese delegation Mr Xia Lunhao, vice director general of Sports Officials Training Centre of General Administration of Sport and vice president, Beijing Sports University, said: “I am very pleased to bring the China top 100 outstanding young sports professionals and technical personnel training programme to the University of Leeds.

“After the success of the Chinese Olympic Committee’s pre Games training camp here in 2012, I am sure our delegation will gain a great deal from their time in this great city.”