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Zhang Qi meets Italian football coach Marcello Lippi

Zhang Qi meets Italian football coach Marcello Lippi

By Fang LI (Vivien LEE), staff-journalist of Sanya Online Post


Mr. Zhang Qi, the Party Chief of Sanya CPC Committee, met the famous Italian football coach Marcello Lippi and his Italian friends in Hongzhou International Yacht Hotel In the afternoon of November 30.



The host and guests exchanged ideas on the development of football in Sanya and the exchanges and cooperation between Sanya and Tuscany Viareggio City (Italy).


Mr. Zhang Qi expressed warm welcome on behalf of Sanya CPC Committee, Sanya municipal government and said that Mr. Lippi brought highlights to Sanya tourism and football. He said that Sanya was a typical tourist city, with gorgeous sunshine, sand, water and air quality, as well as a large number of young people and children who are football fans or enthusiastic football players. He said that Mr. Lippi was very famous in China and the world and he hoped the legendary coach could help the promotion of football in Sanya, making it more popular.


Zhang Qi said that there were about 300 hotels in Sanya, including Starwood, Accor, Hilton, Atlantis and other world-class hotel brands. As a quite famous tourist city, Sanya is willing to increase the number of sports facilities and add more elements of sport tourism to the development of local tourism. Sanya is committed to the development of high-end travel products, including airline and hotel, yachts and other products. The tourism in Italy is a good model for Sanya to learn from, especially high-end tourism product design, production and promotion of tourism. He said that Sanya and Viareggio City would not only strengthen exchanges between governments, but also to strengthen cooperation among people, with more contacts between enterprises, and more exchanges and cooperation between various cultures.


Zhang Qi said that Mr. Lippi was not only Sanya’s partner but also friends and distinguished guests. On behalf of Sanya CPC Committee and Sanya municipal government, he sincerely invited Mr. Marcello Lippi to have a Spring Festival visit to Sanya during the Chinese New Year. He also hopes Mr. Lippi can promote sport and cultural exchanges between the two cities.


The coach had enjoyed a good vocation in Sanya and encouraged local football fans to enjoy the game with more access to outstanding sporting facilities.


He commented that he clearly had a marvelous time in Sanya. The staff worked hard to make sure the young football players had a lot of fun whilst honing their skills and some football clubs I visited were first class venue. Local coaches and sports team did a great job in arranging such a successful and worthwhile training activity and interaction with me. Previously, the legendary Italian football coach visited a stadium in Sanya and communicated with young football players of a local football school on Nov. 20, 2015. He hoped young football players here would have more amazing time enjoying the game and have learnt new skills that would be very valuable for their future. The superb facilities and friendly atmosphere of all the people in Sanya was really impressive in his eyes.


Mr. Zhang Qi hoped that it had been a memorable time for the Italian coach, and his vocation here had been brilliant, and he had enjoyed every minute.


Lippi said that after coaching at the Guangzhou Hengda football club for three years, he found that that China was a wonderful place bringing him a lot of Chinese friends. “I hope the Chinese football can achieve better results. Sanya is a beautiful city with clean air, white sandy beaches, blue waters, many times I have been to Sanya” He felt honored to witness the Sanya and Sanya Italy Tuscany Viareggio City to have official sister city relations, and he believed that the two cities can establish very friendly relations in cooperation and development, and he hoped that through cooperation, the two cities could have more exchanges and cooperation in all aspects of football.


The event organized by local government reached its climax today with the Italian coach receiving souvenir and gift from Mr. Zhang Qi, the Party Chief of CPC Sanya Committee. Mr. Zhang Qi offered a souvenir of clay mini-statue of Sanya landmarks, a clay pottery with Luhuitou craftsmanship, to the famous Italian coach while Lippi gave a football with his signature to Sanya.


The two parties also proposed to explore the establishment of international youth football training base in Sanya.