Nurturing an unlikely hockey hotbed

China Daily | Updated: 2022-01-25 09:20
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Youngsters play ice hockey at a rink in Mingguang, Anhui province. The venue opened in 2019, and now hosts a number of different age-group teams from Mingguang High School. Despite its temperate climate, the province is witnessing a surge of interest in winter sports. XINHUA

Kids in temperate Anhui province hit the ice amid winter sports boom

As the first whistle sounds, eight kids decked out in protective gear dash into action, propelling the puck skillfully over the ice with hockey sticks in hand.

The high-octane sport used to be a foreign and unaffordable pastime in China, but now it is increasingly popular across the country thanks in most part to the fervor surrounding Beijing 2022.

"I have been practicing ice hockey for over four years. My dream is to become a professional player," said 8-year-old Wei Yuhang, a member of a hockey team in Hefei, the capital of east China's Anhui province.

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