Intl sports meet adds glitter to Shanghai longtang
Updated: 2017-11-16

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The scene of overseas students trying their utmost to pick up marbles with chopsticks catches the eyes of residents living around Shikumen, the traditional Shanghai-style architectural complex. [Photo/sus.edu.cn]

If anyone had complained that the playing field of a sports meet held in Shanghai on Nov 5 was narrow and old-fashioned, they would have been right.

But some 30 overseas students from the Shanghai University of Sport would not have agreed, as they said the sports meet, which was set among the traditional Shanghai-style architecture complex Shikumen featuring narrow alleys and stone houses, brought them special fun and memories.

The event introduced the students to a world of decades-old Shanghai-style physical exercises, such as tug-of-war, hopscotch, whipping a top, playing glass marbles, and skipping and dancing over rubber bands, which have lighted up the childhood of many local residents.

Nzeyimana Dieudonne from Burundi, who impressed spectators at a local amateur competition in traditional Chinese games this September, once again delighted the crowd in rolling hoops, or guntiequan (滚铁圈) in Chinese.

His good integration of speed and balance -- the most required skills in rolling hoops as players often use a bamboo stick to drive the iron rings -- secured him third place in the final round.

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Nguyen Van Tin from Vietnam, first prize winner in hopscotch, with his certificate. [Photo/sus.edu.cn]

This was not the only good news. Nguyen Van Tin from Vietnam took first prize in hopscotch.

Ozan Diken from Turkey and James Elton Whitely from Jamaica also expressed their excitement and craving for sports, for Shanghai, and for Chinese culture.

The Shikumen sports meet has been a characteristic cultural and sports brand over the past three decades widely welcomed by both Shanghai residents and foreign enthusiasts.

This encouraging spirit fits well with Shanghai University of Sport, a school dedicated to creating an open and vigorous environment and inspiring overseas students to always take part in activities.

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Overseas students from Shanghai University of Sport in a tug-of-war. [Photo/sus.edu.cn]

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