More professional coaches needed in sports

Retired gymnastics world champion and Olympic gold medalist Chen Yibing calls for more professional coaches and instructors in the promotion of the mass participation of sports.
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Chen Yibing speaks at a forum which serves as part of the MIGU Health and Fitness Festival which is held in Shanghai from June 27 to 29.

Chen Yibing, China’s retired gymnastics world champion and Olympic gold medalist, said a lack of professional coaches is the major problem China faces when promoting the mass participation of sports.

“China’s mass sports is doing better than ever,” said the four-time world champion in still rings. “But personally, I think the lack of professional coaches and instructors is one of the major problems we face at the current stage.”

Chen was speaking at a forum which serves as part of the MIGU Health and Fitness Festival, which is held at Shanghai New International Expo Center this week. He is currently the CEO of Beijing Xingdong Sports Development Company.

According to Chen, there are about 500,000 coaches of various sports in China who hold professional coaching certificates issued by China’s General Administration of Sport, which is still too few compared to public demand.

Apart from the forum, the three-day MIGU Health and Fitness Festival is holding a series of activities including a sports brand and facility exhibition, interactive games, and the first leg of the 2018 China Skateboarding League.

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