Lao contenders’s at 2018 Kunming International Tennis

Nearly 230 tennis players from 12 countries across Asia including Laos will complete at the 2018 Kunming International Tennis Tournament in An’ning, Yunnan, China from October 6-14.
Players and Lao Tennis Association officials are preparing to leave for the event today with teams from China, Cambodia, Indonesia, South Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Macau, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam taking part.
The 2018 Kunming International Tennis Tournament is a part of a folk sports exchange to promote the “Belt and Road” initiative, according to organisers.
The tournament is being organised under the ‘Colourful Yunnan - Belt and Road Initiative Kunming’ by the Chinese Tennis Association, Yunnan Provincial Bureau of Sport and Kunming authorities. It’s an important sporting event for Kunming echoing China’s “Belt and Road” initiative.
The tournament aims to build an official platform for sport exchange among countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia, open a window of communication opportunities for international cooperation regionally, and use tennis to promote friendship between countries and people, organisers said in a press release.
The organising committee received applications from the tennis associations in 12 countries along the “Belt and Road”. Along with players, the visiting contingents contain tennis association officials as well as entrepreneurs and media from various countries in the competition.
After the competition, players will participate in friendly matches with diplomats, tennis association officials and entrepreneurs.
Hot springs were discovered in An’ning during Eastern Han Dynasty, dating back more than one thousand years and are now a major drawcard for tourists.
Hot Spring Peninsula International Tennis Centre is the largest clay court tennis centre in China and has the reputation as being the “Roland-Garros of China” and was selected by the ATP as one of the ten most beautiful challenger courts in the world.
The Kunming Open, held in May annually, has developed into the highest-level red clay tournament in China. Hence, An’ning Hot Spring International Tennis Town has also been listed as a model project and was approved by the Chinese General Administration of Sport.
Several official activities are also being held to coincide with the tournament in An’ning such as a photography exhibition along with gourmet and music festivals. The tournament will also set up a “Belt and Road” junior player fund to promote exchange activities and training programmes for outstanding juniors among “Belt and Road” countries.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update October 05, 2018)


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