Source: FISU Bridge
On October 28th, the 2018 FISU World University Bridge Championship brought to a close at the Xuzhou University of Technology. The following distinguished guests attended the award and closing ceremony, they are: Mr. Yang Liguo, Vice President of the International University Sports Federation and China University Sports Federation. Zhang Xinke, Board Chairman of Xuzhou University of Technology, Fiona Testuz, Delegate of International University Sports Federation, Shen Chao, Chairman of Bridge Federation of China University Sports, and Geert Magerman, Technical Delegate of International University Sports Federation. Kuba Kasprzak, International Referee of International University Sports Federation. Professor LI Ping, Deputy Director of University Work Committee of Jiangsu Students Sports Federation. Ms. Xu Huihui, Deputy Director of Xuzhou Municipal Administration. National team coaches, athletes and officials, news media reporters, leaders and teachers and students representatives from Xuzhou University of Technology were present at the ceremony as well. Zhang Xinke made a closing speech and Yang Liguo announced the closing of the game. The ceremony was presided over by Liu Yang, General Secretary of the Bridge Branch of the China University Sports Federation and Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of Xuzhou University of Technology.
After the fierce competition of three and a half days, all the participating team players fully displayed their own strength. Finally the Chinese Team 1 won the championship. The second and third place went to the Polish and Czech team respectively. Yang Liguo and Geert Magerman awarded medals to the winners. Then Zhang Xinke and Shen Chao presented mascots to the winners.
Zhang Xinke, Board Chairman, on behalf of Xuzhou University of Technology, expressed their congratulations on the outstanding achievements by all the athletes in this competition, and their hearts filled with gratitude to the leaders who gave them consideration and support. He pointed out that the hosting of the Bridge Championship had built a bridge for countries to deepen their understanding and friendship, and which provided a rare opportunity for Chinese students to learn from foreign elite athletes. The success of the event will surely inspire Chinese college students’ enthusiasm for the bridge movement and further enhance the level of Chinese college students’ bridge sports. They will take this opportunity to make new contributions to the popularization of the bridge sports in China. He also hoped that through this competition, Xuzhou University of Technology would make a good impression on the guests, athletes and coaches who participated in this competition.
Yang Liguo, On behalf of the International University Sports Federation, granted honorary medals to Zhang Xinke, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, and Shen Chao, Chairman of Bridge Federation of China University Sports. Besides, he showed his gratitude to the Organizing Committee and Bridge Federation of China University Sports for their careful organization, warm and thoughtful service to this competition . Eventually, Yang Liguo announced the closing of the game!
In the performances of the closing ceremony, the songs such as “Jasmine” by Ms. Guo Fang let the athletes of all countries appreciate the beauty of the East. Athletes from countries such as Comoros staged performances. October 28th, is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Czech Republic, all the Czech athletes took the stage to sing their national anthem, which pushed the atmosphere to a climax.
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