Press Conference for the 20th Asia Masters Athletics Championships was held in Rugao

At a.m. on August 29, the 20th Asia Masters Athletics Championships organizing committee founding conference & press conference was held in Rugao. From September 24 to 29, the 20th Asia Masters Athletics Championships will be held in Rugao (Jiangsu), which enjoys a high reputation of "longevity county worldwide". This is also for the first time that the event is held in a county-level city.

Sponsor of Asia Masters Athletics Championships is the Asia Masters Athletics Association, together with the Chinese Athletics Association and Rugao municipal government as co-organizers. More than 1900 masters athletes from 20 countries and regions will gather in Rugao to display their skills to the full. Therein, the oldest and the youngest athletes are respectively 101 and 35 years old. 3 centenarians from the host city Rugao will also be present at the competition.

The opening ceremony will be held in the stadium of Rugao Olympic Sports Center at 17:00 p.m. on September 24, which enjoys topics of "Longevity" & "Always in Happiness" and embraces nearly 3000 actors who are going to perform at the ceremony.

During the Championships, 26 and 24 events are respectively set for the Male Group and Female Group, each of which has 14 groups; such events include: 1. track: male/female 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 10000m (all), 4X100M relay, 4X400M relay, etc.; 2. jump: high jump, pole jump, long jump, triple jump (all); 3. throw: shot, discus, hammer, javelin (all); 4. hurdle: 80mH, 100mH, 110mH, 200mH, 300mH, 400mH, etc.

As a well-known "Longevity County in the World", Rugao is now resided by 385 centenarians as a county (city) enjoying the most population of centenarians in China. This city has successfully hosted the 10th and 16th National Masters Athletics. In recent years, Rugao municipal government has persisted in taking the development of national fitness as a significant measure to develop spiritual civilization and build a harmonious society in Rugao; besides, it has also increased investments on commonweal sports facilities & construction constantly, and carried out a wide range of national fitness activities. Since the 1st National Masters Athletics Championships was held in Beijing in 1998, Rugao delegation participated in each session and won 176 medals in total, ranking the first in the medal tally among other counties (cities) nationwide.

Moreover, Rugao has been awarded as an "Advanced Unit in Developing National Mass Sports" and an "Advanced Unit in Developing Fitness" for five times by the General Administration of Sport of China, as well as a "County with Well-developed Sports Undertakings in Jiangsu" and a "Unit Awarded for its Outstanding Contributions in Sports Achievements in Jiangsu". Besides, it is also the only "Pilot Unit for Fundamental Sports Modernization Construction in Jiangsu" at central Jiangsu. In 2015, it was selected as the first batch of "Demonstration Zone of Jiangsu Public Sports Service System".