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Jakarta Post

UFC, Chinese Olympic Committee join forces to develop athletes

  • News desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 2, 2020   /   07:00 am
UFC, Chinese Olympic Committee join forces to develop athletes Kevin Chang (JP/Courtesy of UFC)

World-leading mixed martial arts organization UFC and the Chinese Olympic Committee have announced a multi-year agreement that calls for UFC to play a key role in helping Chinese athletes train for the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

Under the agreement, the UFC will serve as the official high performance advisor to the Chinese Olympic Committee, while the UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai will serve as the committee’s training center.

The UFC will provide a variety of physical and rehabilitation services to Chinese athletes, with a focus on strength and conditioning, sports science, physical therapy and nutrition. The UFC will offer its facility’s equipment.

“Enhancing physical training and making up for the weakness in physical strength is the foundation of preparation for the Olympics. We hope the UFC’s scientific training system provides help for Chinese athletes to prepare for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics,” the committee stated.

Commenting on this, Senior VP for the UFC Asia-Pacific, Kevin Chang, said that the facility was a token of commitment to serve elite athletes who wanted to develop their skills in their respective sports.

“This partnership is a model for how we want to serve the athletic community in Asia going forward,” Kevin said as quoted in a press statement sent to the Post on Monday.

Prior to officially announcing this new agreement, the UFC and the Chinese Olympic Committee had collaborated for the past 18 months on training a selection of China’s national teams for sports such as cycling, judo, rowing, sailing, speed skating, swimming, track & field, wind surfing and wrestling.

The UFC opened the Performance Institute Shanghai in June 2019. At 93,000 square feet, it is the world’s largest MMA training and development facility and nearly three times as large as the original UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. It serves as the UFC’s headquarters in Asia and as a hub to develop and support the next generation of MMA athletes from mainland China and the greater Asia-Pacific region.