Kunming international serves up tremendous tennis feast

An’ning City: The Colourful Yunnan - Belt and Road Initiative Kunming International Tennis Tournament officially opened on Sunday evening with parades by teams from different countries and several vibrant performances at the An’ning Hot Spring International Tennis Centre of Yunnan province in China.

The tennis teams gather for the opening ceremony.

Rainfall at the start of the ceremony failed to dampen proceedings and all participants wore raincoats provided by organisers.
During the opening ceremony, the national flag of China, the host country, led a procession followed by a parade featuring the tennis teams of China, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia and Macau China.
Many Chinese leaders and representatives of foreign embassies were invited to the event. The tournament marks the 5th anniversary of the proposal of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by President Xi Jinping.
An official of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand told the Chinese media that the tournament is the first step towards building cooperation in the future.
Chinese authorities said the international meet would boost many aspects of intercultural communications between the countries and peoples. It would also provide a chance for tennis players and fans from South and Southeast Asian countries to use the game to strengthen friendship and cooperation, boost the development of tennis and learn more about An’ning and China.
An official of An’ning said tennis players from China and abroad had gathered at the Hot Spring City to participate the in “Colourful Yunnan –The Belt and Road Initiative Kunming International Tennis Tournament”. He took the opportunity to promote the city, saying An’ning is an emerging centre that integrates modern prosperity and ancient civilisation. It has been renowned for more than 2,100 years for its culture, mountains, rivers and abundant resources. The Jinfang hot spring in Lianran Street is reputed as a treasure by the Tanglang River.
An’ning is an important gateway in Yunnan for South Asia and Southeast Asia due to its unique geographical location and convenient transportation system.
A Vietnamese coach told Vientiane Times that the host country had organised the event very well, as accommodation, food, transportation and sporting facilities were all easily accessible. 

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update October 09, 2018)

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