An amendment to China’s sports law that emphasizes physical education, the sports industry and anti-doping is expected to help the country develop further to become an international sports power.
The revised draft law on physical culture and sports, which was submitted to China’s highest legislature for a first review on Tuesday, outlines the updated requirements to ensure sufficient sports participation of students on the campus, measures to promote the balanced development of the sports industry and new measures to prevent doping in sport.
The review by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress this week marks a step towards overhauling decades-old law to accommodate the development of modern sport on a wider range of issues.
“It has been more than 20 years since the law was promulgated (in 1995). It is lagging far behind the development of the sports sector in our country, ”said He Yiting, a member of the AFN’s Social Development Affairs Committee, who is leading work on the amendment.
“The rapid evolution of the sports sector, the reforms of our country’s sports governance system and the hosting of major international events, such as the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, have called for more comprehensive legal protection. and competent in the sports sector, thus making the revision urgent. need.”
The draft amendment states that student performance in athletic competitions and on-campus activities should be an important part of overall assessments in schools, and that time set aside for physical education classes should not be taken into account. charge by teaching academic subjects. Each student should be guaranteed at least one hour of exercise per day.
School sports clubs and high-level competitions should be organized regularly and an insurance system covering accidents during exercise has been proposed.
“It is absolutely necessary to make it compulsory through the amendment of the law that the quality and time of sports activities at school can be guaranteed,” said Jia Jinlong, campus physical education teacher. Xiaotun from Fengtai No.2 Secondary School in Beijing.
“When I was a student, I hated that our physical education classes gave way to other classes. Now I can make sure that my classes won’t be resumed as before.”
The project also urges the country’s central sports governing body, regional authorities, public and private enterprises to stimulate public consumption of sports training, sports guidance, sports entertainment, leisure and tourism services.
The fight against doping is highlighted as a new chapter of the amendment which details the responsibilities of sports governing bodies, health authorities and educational services at all levels to act aggressively against the use, provision and abuse. inducement of performance enhancing substances.