Saturday, November 01, 2008

The first World Mind Sports Games

Is this event also BIG hope for Martial art Sports games in 2010?


MSP/Multisports 29 Oct 2008
The first World Mind Sports Games were held in Beijing, China, from the 3rd to the 19th October 2008.
Organised by the International Mind Sports Association in association with the Administrative Center Of Boards And Card Games Of The General Administration Of Sport, the Games attracted 2,736 players from 143 countries and regions for the five Mind Sports concerned: Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go and Xiangqi (Chinese Chess), under the banner: Civilisation varied Wisdom unbounded.
The Games were held in the Olympic district and benefitted from excellent international media coverage on television with Beijing TV, CCTV and Phoenix TV, as well as many national channels which broadcast short programmes via satellite.
In addition to the television coverage, hundreds of websites covering all five Mind Sports reported the matches live for millions of interested spectators.
Many national and international newspapers were represented at, and reported from, the various press conferences held during the event, and several thousand specialist columns and magazines published the results, news and articles from the games.
According to both participants and observers these Games were extremely successful, giving victory to Beijing as the host city and also to China who topped the medal table with a total of 26 including 12 gold medals.

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