Shanghai, a city full of rivers and rivers; Huangpu River, the mother river of classics and history. Here contains the boat sports culture with a long history of more than 150 years, and the first batch of rowing athletes of New China were born.
From October 17th to 24th, 2021, the World Rowing Championships will be held in Shanghai for the first time. Today, the Shanghai World Rowing Championships marks the first anniversary of the countdown. This is Shanghai's commitment: to take the World Championships as an opportunity to continue the rowing culture, to regard the race as a sports heritage that benefits the people, and to promote the development of rowing in Shanghai.
first settled in Shanghai
You may be wondering why Shanghai, a city with no shortage of top sports events, attaches so much importance to a rowing race. When you open the history books, you will find that the relationship between Shanghai and rowing began a hundred years ago.
Rowing is one of the first sports events introduced to Shanghai. The earliest boat regatta in Shanghai appeared on the Huangpu River in 1852. After more than half a century, the regatta was an annual event on the Suzhou River in Shanghai.
In 1905, China’s first rowing club, the Rowing Club, was established on the Suzhou River. On August 4, 1956, Shanghai selected more than 30 athletes from the city to train in the rowing club. This is the first batch of rowers in Shanghai and the earliest pioneer of the new China rowing industry. In August 1959, the first competition event of the first National Games was rowing. The Shanghai team won all four men's championships, one women's championship, and two runner-ups with absolute advantage.
1905年，中国第一家划船俱乐部-划船俱乐部在苏州河上成立。 1956年8月4日，上海从上海选拔了30多名运动员在赛艇俱乐部训练。这是上海第一批赛艇运动员，也是新中国赛艇行业的最早开拓者。 1959年8月，第一届全运会的第一项比赛项目是划船。上海队以绝对优势赢得了全部四个男子冠军，一个女子冠军和两个亚军。
On October 2, 2017, the International Rowing Federation announced that Shanghai has won the right to host the 2021 Rowing World Championships with unanimous votes. This is also the first time that the world's top rowing event has settled in China.
Talking about the original intention of hosting the competition, Luo Wenhua, deputy director of the Shanghai Sports Bureau, said: "For Shanghai, which is the capital of international sports events, the water sports competition is still a blank. In fact, there are many water systems in Shanghai, and there are many rivers suitable for water development. Among the events, rowing is a highly integrated project of nature and sports. Whether it is with Shanghai’s historical origins or with our city’s heritage and competitive sports performance, rowing has a very close relationship.
Last year, the event emblem was officially released, and the site was selected at the old rowing club site. And this weekend, a ten-day rowing exhibition will meet the citizens here.
The water sports field located at the Oriental Green Boat Sports Training Base will be the main venue for the 2021 World Rowing Championships. Now, the repair work has been completed.
In the Fifth National Games, the Shanghai Rowing Team won 10 gold medals here. The Shanghai rowers trained from here continue to create great results in the arena, winning 28 National Games championships and 2 World Championships...
According to Kuang Zuosheng, director of the Shanghai Sports Training Base Management Center, in November, the newly renovated venue will first usher in the National Rowing Championship, which will also be a test event for the World Championships.
Create the "Shangboat" brand
Boston has a marathon and the Charles River where the Harvard Rowing Team trains; London has a marathon, and there is also the Thames River where the prestigious rowing team competes... And Shanghai, built on the water, has an internationally influential road race. Can make good use of water resources to develop rowing sports. Zhou Jin, general manager of Shanghai Donghao Lansheng Race Management Co., Ltd., revealed the good news: "We have created the marathon brand "Shangma", and from 2021 we will also develop a rowing IP called "Shangjia"."
In the construction of Shanghai's sports event system, event brands with independent IPs have always functioned as city cards. Luo Wenhua emphasized that at the beginning of Shanghai's bid to host the World Rowing Championships, Shanghai promised that Shanghai's concept of hosting the World Championships is not just to host the World Championships, but to allow more people to pay attention to and participate in rowing.
Although the sport of rowing is still considered a niche sport at present, in the process of research, Donghao Lansheng found that under the call of some corporate celebrities and Internet celebrities, the development of water sports is gaining popularity and more People begin to understand and get in touch with rowing. "For example, marathon enthusiasts will use ergometers in physical training, that is, land rowing machines, so they also start to understand rowing." Zhou Jin said.
Luo Wenhua said that there are many rivers and lakes in Shanghai, and it is not complicated to build a water terminal and the cost is not high, which is very conducive to popularizing and promoting water projects. "As the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek are connected, the citizens have a water platform. Next, we can embed some water project facilities. If Suzhou Creek has some elements of leisure and sports, it will definitely make the city better. Energetic."
Our reporter Tao Xingying