The first Racing Boat Competition for World Famous Universities was held in Oriental Oasis Water Sport Center today. Teams from prestigious Universities like Oxford, Cambridge, and Yale came to Shanghai and competed with Chinese teams from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tsinghua University, and Peking University. In the 2000 meters eight-man straight race, SJTU won the champion in the competition with Oxford and Cambridge.
The first Racing Boat Competition for World Famous Universities attracted twenty-eight universities to participate, with a total number of 350 students. The teams were divided into group A, which included 4 universities in Europe (Yale, Cambridge, Oxford, the University of Sydney), four universities in Asia (Korean, Singapore, Chinese Taiwan, Chinese Hong Kong), and four universities in Mainland China (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Wuhan University); and group B, which contains other 16 teams in Shanghai and other provinces.
The racing boat team of SJTU was founded in 2000, and is the key high-level sports team of the university. In 2001, Shanghai Water Sports Center and SJTU jointly established the team. In 2005, the Ministry of Education approved the team to be one of the first batch high-level sports team in universities. Currently, the team includes famous athletes such as He Yi, Zhou Yinan and Xu Lijia. In the meantime, the university authority also picks athletes from other fields.
Chairperson of the PE Department of SJTU Yu Chaoyang mentioned that PE is not only competiton, so we should come back to the essence of education and try to educate students through PE. Racing boat is a product of industrial civilization, which reflects the rules of respect and cooperation. This times competition could boost the development of SJTU PE session, as well as be a name card of international PE education.
The coach of SJTU racing boat team Yang Yiming said that as early as in 2001, SJTU has been competing with Tsinghua University and Peking University. In the past ten years, the SJTU team has experienced great growth and performed as a representative of China to participate Universiade and so on.