On July21st, the Fourth Basketball Culture Forum and International Seminar for the Development of Basketball was held in Soochow University. Leaders and guests presented in the opening ceremony include Li Yingchuan,the deputy director general of the General Administration of Sports of China, Li Jinsheng, the directorof the Basketball Management Center of General Administration of Sports of China, Yao Ming, the president of the Chinese Basketball Association, Yang Hua, the vice-president of the Chinese Basketball Association, Chen Gang, the director of Jiangsu Sports Bureau, Xu Meijian, the deputy mayor of Suzhou, and Jiang Yong, the secretary of the Party committee of Soochow University.
In his speech,Secretary Jiang Yong extends a cordial welcome to leaders, experts and scholars presented in the forum, and introduces the development progresses of Soochow University over the past century. He claims that the university has attached great importance to physical education and related scientific researches.Meanwhile, it also focuses on the development of mass sports and the cultivation of sports culture. Moreover, the university has made great progresses in the development of physical education in recent years. By holding the Basketball Culture Forum for the fourth time, the university could take advantage of this valuable opportunity to conduct systematic studies and further improvements.
Witnessed by the leaders and guests, Deputy Director General Li Yingchuan,President Yao Ming, Director Li Jinsheng and Secretary JiangYong unveiled the nameplate of the Research Center for Basketball Culture of the Chinese Basketball Association.
After the unveiling ceremony comes the keynote speech section. In his address themed "Chinese Basketball: The Newer, the Farther", President Yao Ming introduces his ideas on the structural reforms of Chinese Basketball.Liu Zhan, the former president of the International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health, and the tenured professor of Springfield College, also explains the origin of basketball and its development culture and international influence in his speech themed "the Origin and Development Culture of Basketball and the Contributions of Springfield College".
On the afternoon, experts and scholars presented in the forum have made in-depth discussions mainly on four topics, namely, "studies on basketball culture","studies on competitive basketball", "studies on basketball industry" and "studies on reforms of basketball".