ISF World School Games 2022: China sends 35 athletes
ISF World School Games 2022 (International School Sports):
- 14and – 24and May 2022
- Town in Normandy, France
China has sent a contingent of 35 student-athletes to participate in the 2022 Gymnasiade Normandy in France, the Chinese School Sports Federation reported.
These athletes will compete in nine sports including athletics, swimming and table tennis.
Wang Dengfeng, a senior official with the Ministry of Education, said the biennial event is a good opportunity to show the mentality and athletic level of contemporary middle school students in China.
“We will do everything we can to stay safe and demonstrate excellence and harmony,” Wang said.
Recognized as the largest international multi-sport event for school children aged 16-18, the Gymnasiade was launched in Germany in 1974.
The Gymnasiade Normandie 2022, which will take place from May 14 to 24, will attract around 3,500 participants from around 70 countries and regions competing in 20 disciplines.
Meanwhile, Uganda will field 42 young sportsmen and women who arrived on Saturday morning.
These will be divided into five sports disciplines which are Athletics, Basketball (3×3), Table Tennis, Badminton and Swimming.
Athletics constitute the greatest number; 16 with 8 per gender for Uganda.
World cross-country gold medalist from the event held last month, Loice Chepkwemoi of Chemwania Secondary School leads the cast of the women’s track and field team.
The boys will be led by Standard High School, Dominic Naido Krop de Zana.
“We’re looking for gold medals and respectable finishes as we aim for world records,” Krop told Kawowo Sports.
Uganda will also be represented in badminton, basketball (3X3), table tennis and swimming.
The swim has 8 competitors led by Olympian Kirabo Namutebi.
Basketball also has 8 players (4 per gender), 6 table tennis players and 4 badminton players.
The Ugandan team left the country on the afternoon of Friday 13and May 2022 and arrival in France the next day.
“We are delighted to be hosting this historic ISF event in Normandy, France ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics,” said ISF President Laurent Petrynka, who is also a member of the ISF commission. Olympic Education from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
“We have continued to work on developing ISF events, to bring the international stage to more students around the world and give them the chance to be part of a unique, lifelong experience of school sport. ” He added.
On Saturday May 14, 2022, a number of countries such as Croatia, Brazil, Spain, Kosovo, Serbia, Malta, Poland, Hungary, Tanzania, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Romania , Mauritius, Argentina, France, Ukraine and others arrived in France.