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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperWorld / US and CanadaAsia PacificUS & CanadaLatin AmericaEuropeAfricaMiddle EastReporters JournalPeyton Manning boosts Chinas new football league(chinadaily.com.cn) Updated:2016-09-29 09:39Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallRetired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning helped promote American football in China on Wednesday, meeting young aspiring players ahead of the launch of the countrys new league.
Manning, who retired after steering the Broncos to Super Bowl victory in February and also has won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts, was visiting China ahead of the start of the inaugural China Arena Football League (CAFL) this weekend.
Coaching at a quarterback clinic in Beijing, Manning said there was great success potential for the CAFL. The league has six teams competing in its inaugural season.
“I think once people can learn the rules, learn of the strategies and game planning and mental and cerebral part of football — once they learn that and appreciate that, I think they would have more of an interest in the game,” he said.
“I think there is a lot of potential for it, and getting more young people to play. Its a great way to start and help grow that interest.”
The inaugural season of the CAFL starts on Saturday, National Day, in Beijing and culminates in “The China Bowl” final in Shanghai a month later.The Guangzhou Power will play the Qingdao Clipper in an afternoon match, while the Dalian Dragon Kings will battle the Shenzhen Naja in a night session at the Beijing LeTv Sports Center, originally known as the MasterCard Center.On Sunday, the Beijing Lions will host the Shanghai Skywalkers at the same venue.Originally held only in Chinas sports universities, the league operate in the landmark sporting centers of six Chinese cities this year.
The six teams will play weekend matches first in Beijing, followed by Shanghai, Dalian, Qingdao, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. The China Bowl will be played in the first weekend of November at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center.Businessman Martin Judge, the owner of the US Arena Football Leagues Philadelphia Soul, brought the game to China in 2012 and promoted arena football in six of Chinas sports universities. He had hoped to launch a six-team China Arena Football League in 2014, but he says circumstances forced him to wait until now.
“The Chinese association and I decided it would be best to allow the universities playing arena football for some time in order to have better Chinese players in the professional CAFL,” Judge said.
Arena football has since developed rapidly in China. The CAFL has been approved by the China Rugby Football Association and is now listed on its annual competition agenda.
A total of 132 US and Chinese players are registered for the competition, 60 of whom are pros from the US league. The Chinese players underwent a total of 20 rounds of tests in Beijing, Shanghai and Philadelphia in order to qualify to play.
Wang Lei, a 23-year-old sprinter at Wuhan Sports University, said that the lack of knowledge and experience about football are the biggest hurdles for Chinese players like him.
“We have so much to learn in a year or two, while our American peers have already learned it for more than 10 years,” he said.”But my explosive acceleration and speed are my advantages,” added Wang. “I just love this game.”Judge said there are extensive marketing and advertisement opportunities in the six host cities with professional squads, and adds that he is confident the league will be expanded to at least 22 cities over the next five years.0PhotoUNs top environmental honors go to three in ChinaGerman trains collide near Duesseldorf, several people injuredLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchEfforts needed for sustainable projects1st Panda cub born in France named Yuan MengFree trade studies agreed on as Li meets with Canadian PM TrudeauChina-JapanChina-USChina-AfricaChina-EuropeLi tells Japanese business leaders its time for bilateral cooperationChina-Japan meet seeks cooperationGroup of lawmakers visit notorious Yasukuni Shrine in JapanJapan can offer experience, expat saysChina-Japan ties seen at dialogue as benefit to regionChina, Japan officials exchange views on security issues at 15th dialogueChinese music finds new foothold in United StatesC919 flies toward air worthinessPolitical leaders: Sino-US relations to growChina vows steps after US launches probe into aluminum tradeGates is added to top-tier Chinese academyYao helps AB InBev fight alcohol abuseAction urged over pollutionUNs top environmental honors go to three in ChinaChina unveils Model Confucius Institute edifice in Ghana universityChina vows to deepen bilateral ties with new Zimbabwe govtChinese, African parties meet to share wisdom on modernization2nd China-Africa Investment Forum begins in MoroccoLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchPeak performance by Chinese nurse on Scotlands mountains9-month festival of Chinese art, heritage to be staged in Liverpool, UK, next yearChina eyes closer economic, trade cooperation with BelarusPremier calls to enhance trade liberalization and facilitation in SCOPremier: China to advance production capacity with UzbekistanAsia PacificUS & CanadaEuropeAfricaMiddle EastChinese tourists go to South KoreaChina-Japan meet seeks cooperationUN envoys trip to DPRK praised by BeijingBelt and Road a great opportunity: Uzbek officialKwaussie wins Australias word of the yearJapan can offer experience, expat saysTrudeau visits Sina WeiboChina, Canada agree to issue joint statement on climate changeDemocrats stand united against GOP tax billUS quits talks on global migration pactTensions triggered over possible moveSino-Canadian bilateral trade ties to deepen furtherMay gets little gasp as EU extends deadline for sufficient progress in Brexit talksRussia banned from Pyeongchang Winter OlympicsGerman trains collide near Duesseldorf, several people injuredLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchBoth first ladies name panda cub Yuan MengLiu Yandong heralds bilateral cooperation in education and researchEthiopian FM urges strengthened Ethiopia-China tiesUNs top environmental honors go to three in ChinaAction urged over pollutionBelt and Road Initiative to help countries achieve UN goals: officialChina unveils Model Confucius Institute edifice in Ghana universityMorocco king holds historic talks with South African president in AbidjanYemens ex-president Saleh, relatives killed by HouthisTrump recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital would raise regional tensionsYemen rattled by raids as clashes spreadSquash a perfect match for girl refugees in JordanSyrian talks in Geneva to continue to Dec 15: UN envoyAll parties in Syria urged to join talksMost PopularHot TopicsChinese, Russian experts hold talks on G20 summitSouth China SeaEU referendumUS electionG20 summitDPRKIran nuclear talksChina and JapanGreek debt crisisGaza woeReporters JournalGraphic novelist wins genius grant, just getting startedAfrican-American museum a reminder of an unfinished causeTheres still a role for leaders in local Chinese communitiesHighlightsSeminars on South China Sea issuePremier Li visits Mongolia, attend ASEMSouth China Sea issue…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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