"The special situation during the pandemic forced people to find new ways of doing sports," said Liu. "Online sports competitions, online training classes and sports broadcasting shows have become more popular. That also led to faster development of hi-tech sporting equipment."
Attracting around 300 of China's top swimmers, the 2020 Championships are being held from September 26 to October 2 in Qingdao.
"I am really looking forward to the task and I know what responsibility I have towards the club and its fans. But I am convinced that I can help Schalke and lead the club to where it belongs: namely further up the standings," Baum said during his official presentation.
In other fixtures on Wednesday, River Plate won 2-1 at home to Sao Paulo, Palmeiras routed Bolivar 5-0 in Sao Paulo, Independiente Medellin won 2-0 in Caracas, Racing beat Nacional 2-1 in Montevideo, Estudiantes drew 2-2 at Alianza Lima and Barcelona SC won 2-0 at Junior Barranquilla. Enditem
BERLIN, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- FC Schalke 04 have appointed Manuel Baum as their new head coach, the Royal Blues confirmed via the club's official homepage on Wednesday.
TOKYO, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee announced here on Wednesday that former Olympic synchronized swimming bronze medalist Mikako Kotani has been appointed as the new sports director.
Celta meanwhile will put their faith in Aspas, who has already scored three goals this season and will be a handful for the Barca back line.
PARIS, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Rennes moved back to first in Ligue 1 with an impressive 3-0 win at Saint-Etienne on Saturday, while last year's runner-up Marseille needed a late equalizer to snatch a point at home against Metz.
Having played his part in "Ping Pong Diplomacy" between China and the United States, Yao took up the role of Chinese team leader between 1985 and 1995, followed by his position as the ITTF Technical Committee Chair from 1995 to 2009.
Naiman Banner, located on the edge of the Horqin Sandy Land, also China's largest sandy area, has organized three Naadam festivals of this kind. Enditem
"If we don't have advantage on strength, we should be much more confident than our opponents, and showing a stronger will to win," he added.