中美文化交流新窗口2013年11月25日 10:40:00


(中国日报专稿)

中美文化交流新窗口

【编者按】:表演赛已结束,但赛场的激情仍在继续。现转发
新华社和中国日报的两篇专稿,并附英文原稿。中文标题为编者所加。
 
  表演赛结束了,但是橄榄球运动的激情仍在继续。11月10日,中国首次美式室内橄榄球比赛在首都体育馆举行。来自美国AFL两支明星队亚利桑那响尾蛇和费城灵魂队的精彩对阵,吸引了超过8000名的观众来到现场。


  “这大大超过了我的预期,”橄榄国际传媒总裁吴骅说道。橄榄传媒国际文化(北京)有限公司也是表演赛的组织者之一。他说,中国团队和美方合作者都没想到表演赛获得如此热烈的反响。“原以为会有3000-4000人前来观看,却没想到观众这么踊跃,”吴骅说。“从现场气氛看,很多人都了解美式室内橄榄球,他们中的很多人都和场上球员有着良好的互动。”

  比赛期间,甚至有一名观众跑进场内,抢着球就想往外跑,结果被警卫员请到场外。

  参加表演赛的球员中,有近70%之前未曾来过中国。他们在惊叹赛场热烈的同时,也初次感受到中国的文化。他们参观了故宫和长城,为中国精深的传统历史所折服。

  “这超越了体育活动的范畴,这是一次中美文化充分的交流,” 作为表演赛主办单位的领导人之一,北京市对外友好协会副主席邓少辉感触道:“真没有想到美式室内橄榄球表演赛会产生这么热烈的反响。”

  据介绍,表演赛的专题节目将于12月7日在美国CBS电视台播出。

  “我认为,表演赛的成功举办是由于我们做了充分的准备工作,”吴骅说。“比赛的教练和裁判都来自美国,但场地的所有设施都是在中国制造的。很多人对于中国从未举办过美式橄榄球比赛竟然可以有如此高标准的场地设施而大为惊叹。”

  担任裁判的大卫 库塔伊亚认为,表演赛的场地设施在美国也可以列入前三甲。很多球员都表示,未来如有机会他们很愿意来中国打室内橄榄球比赛。这也将是吴骅的下一个大目标。

  中国在6家体育学院组建了美式室内橄榄球队,包括北京体育大学、天津体育学院、武汉体育学院、山东体育学院、河北体育学院和西安体育学院。

  “今年5月,我们举办了室内橄榄球教练员和裁判员的培训班,我们已经拥有首批专业的橄榄球教练员和裁判员,”吴骅说。

  “明年1月,还会有美国AFL的教练员来华培训我们的队员,”他说。“明年夏天我们将举办6个体院的邀请赛。”

  “明年底,我们将建立室内橄榄球俱乐部,”吴骅补充道。他相信美式室内橄榄球具有赛场紧凑、比赛攻防转换快和高比分的亮点,更能抓住观众的眼球。

  他说俱乐部将由国内和国外运动员组成。

  中国已有一些美式橄榄球俱乐部,主要分布在大城市,但是还没有室内橄榄球俱乐部。

  “有些俱乐部已经表示愿意加入我们组建的联赛,”吴骅说。

  “现在,各方面的因素都已具备,我们所要做的就是把各方的力量组织起来,”吴骅说。

 

1st Arena Football game a huge hit in China

  The show is over, but the thrill lives on.

  China's first Arena Football League game, an All-Star exhibition between the two best AFL teams, the Arizona Rattlers and the Philadelphia Soul, attracted a crowd of more than 8,000 spectators at the Beijing Capital Gymnasium on Nov 11.

  "It was beyond our expectations," said Wu Hua, president of Ganlan Media International (Beijing) Co Ltd, one of the organizers.
He said his Chinese colleagues and US counterparts never expected such a big crowd.

  "We thought maybe 3,000 to 4,000 would come, but definitely not such a big number," said Wu. "And from the crowd's reaction, we saw that lots of Chinese knew something about the AFL and there was also interaction between the players and the audience."
In fact, one spectator ran onto the pitch, grabbed the ball and started to run, but was taken down by security personnel.

  The players, 70 percent of whom were first-timers to China, were not only surprised by the Chinese reaction to the American game, but also tasted some local culture as well. They visited the Great Wall and the Forbidden City and were full of admiration for Chinese culture.

  "It has gone beyond merely a sporting event, it was a cultural communication between China and the US," said Deng Shaohui, vice-president of the Beijing People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the other organizer of the exhibition. "To be true, we never expected an AFL match could have sparked such a strong response."
Wu said Columbia Broadcasting System will show the game on Dec 7 and that the organizers were overwhelmed by the aftershock of the exhibition.

  "I guess it is also because of the qualities we displayed throughout the preparations and during the exhibition," Wu said. "Although the judges and related technical officials were all from the US, the facilities for the game were all made in China. Players and officials showed their surprise at the high quality of the facilities as China had never held an AFL game before."

  David Cutaia, the chief referee of the match, said the venue was comparable to the top three AFL sites in the US.

  Some players also expressed their willingness to come and play if China developed a professional league.

  That could be Wu's next big project.

  Galan Media has helped to establish Arena Football teams in six sports universities: Beijing Sports University, Tianjin University of Sport, Hebei Institute of Physical Education, Wuhan Institute of Physical Education, Shandong Sport University and Xi'an Physical Education University.

  "We launched professional training in May and started to cultivate China's first-ever Arena Football coaches and referees through clinics by trainers from the US in the six universities," Wu said.

  "Some AFL trainers will come to China in January again to train our players," he said while also claiming an invitational tournament between the six colleges would be held next May or June.

  Wu said he plans to establish Arena Football clubs in several cities by the end of the year. He believes the game is more eye-catching due to its compact field, fast transition and high scoring.

  He said the clubs would comprise Chinese and overseas players.

  China has already started NFL-style clubs in places like Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Chongqing but has no clubs representing the indoor sport.

  "Some clubs have already told me they are interested in joining if I set up a league of Arena Football," Wu said.

  "So the pieces are there, we just need to put them together," he said.

 



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