Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (on the left) lights the cauldron April 21 to signify the opening of the first sport city in Fujian, China, which is named in honor of former International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch. From left to right are Li Shanshan, professor of culture at Quanzhou University, You Zuyong, Quangang District Mayor, Dr. Jie “Jack” Guo, WorldTeam Sports president and Chen Rongzhou, Quanzhou Vice Mayor.
Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich traveled to China primarily to dedicate the first of three sports cities in Fujian, China, and meet with His Holiness Abbot Shi Yongxin to present an ancient Chinese manuscript that the Academy translated into English.
Read on as Dr. Rosandich tells you firsthand about his historic trip to China.
Samaranch Sports Town
I had the unique pleasure of giving the keynote address at the magnificent site for the Samaranch Sports Town in the mountains of Fujian on April 21, 2011. This was in celebration of the one year anniversary of the passing of Juan Antonio Samaranch, the former President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Dr. Jie “Jack” Guo, the President of WorldTeam Sports, cut the ribbon with me for the development of the Samaranch city, which is seen as a major economic development catalyst for the Quangang region. Dr. Guo is deemed the leading sport entrepreneur in China and represents the NBA in that nation. Dr. Guo is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from the Academy in recognition of his work to develop sports in the world’s most populous nation.
After that presentation, I did a second “question and answer” program with 200 journalists on the ways and means in which the Academy might play a major role in the development of this sports city, along with two or three others. This first sports city will be the model for the other cities, i.e. Wuyishan and Yangzhou, which are considered to be two of the most beautiful cities in China.
The first phase of the Samaranch Sports Town will be built on 882 acres of land at a cost of $1 billion (U.S.). The goal will be to develop a sports academy on this site, commencing on January 1, 2012.
The site selected for the Samaranch city is magnificent. My old friend Samaranch would be pleased with the development underway in his honor. The site plan is extraordinary and will be unique in all of China.
Shaolin Abbot Shi Yongxin and Kung Fu
His Holiness Abbot Shi Yongxin receives the English translation of a 1,500-year-old Chinese manuscript on the Shaolin philosophy of Kung Fu from Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich on Sunday, April 24 in Bejing.
I also presented to the Abbot of the Shaolin monks the manuscript, “Shaolin Kung Fu Secrets,” that we now have embedded in our new academic platform.
The Abbot, who is the spiritual leader of 400 million Chan Buddhists, has lent his total support to the manuscript and he will do a video piece that will be embedded in the course as an intro, inviting all Shaolin Kung Fu disciples to use the manuscript as a textbook. There will be a certificate that will be given upon completion of the coursework both by the Abbot and the Academy. He will also provide demonstration videos to be included throughout the book on the various Kung Fu concepts, which will feature his best warriors.
We will formally present this course in Los Angeles during the “Shaolin Summit” on Saturday, May 21, 2011 to some 2,000 Grandmasters from throughout the world who will assemble for their annual international meeting.
Protocol – University of Zhengzhou
We have signed a new and very meaningful protocol with the Physical Education College of Zhengzhou University, which is where one lands when they wish to visit the Shaolin Temple. I did in fact visit the Temple during my trip, even though my meetings with the Abbot were held in Beijing. We have a great commitment from the university, which is led by Dr. Wu, a former world champion in skeet shooting.
Banners were put up across all roads leading onto the campus specifically welcoming the United States Sports Academy. We still need to work out many of the details, but they are enthusiastic.
China Ministry of Sport
I had a late night meeting before departing from China with Zhiwei Pan, commonly known as Peter Pan, who is the Director General of the Chinese Ministry of Sport. He served as the head of public relations for the Beijing Olympiad.