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05.08.2010 17:40

Barça strengthen links with China

David Saura (special correspondent)

FC Barcelona Vice President Josep Maria Bartomeu has signed a number of deals and letters of agreement with various Chinese entities with the aim of increasing the club’s presence in China.

Barça’s social commitment and their work with various NGO projects proved to be of considerable interest to the Chinese audience at a formal event held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Beijing in the presence of Sr Bartomeu and the three other board members present on the Tour, Jordi Moix, Dídac Lee and J. Ramon Vidal-Abarca).

Main lines of action

2010-08-05_ACUERDOS_CLUB_01.JPGAfter a video presentation outlining the principle lines of action of the Fundació, Sr Bartomeu explained the main areas of solidarity work the club is involved in and stressed the importance of the agreements signed in Beijing: “Sunday’s game is important, but these agreements will help make the relationship between Barça and China deeper and more long lasting”.

The agreements signed are with: 

♦The Chinese Red Cross: to help in the education of young Chinese boys and girls through sporting activities.
♦China Sports Foundation, which is part of the National Bureau of Sport in China: to study a plan to improve Chinese sportsmen and women’s performances at the highest level.
♦ Beijing Football Association and China Sports Event Management Group: to study ways of cooperation, taking advantage of FC Barcelona’s experience in organising summer campuses for youngsters.
♦Department of Training and Diet of the National Bureau of Sport in China: to study new diets and new alimentary procedures to help improve Chinese athlete’s performances.
♦China Mobile: to study the possibility of creating a supporters club on a virtual platform in China.

The organisations concerned and the club interchanged commemorative gifts to celebrate the agreements and amongst the most impressive was an Olympic Torch from the 2008 games presented by the China Sports Foundation.
Photos: Miguel Ruiz-FCB.
Photos: Miguel Ruiz-FCB.
Praise from diplomat
The event was also attended by the Fernando Arias on behalf of the Spanish Embassy, who concluded: “Barça is the best diplomatic representative of Spain. It is a great club and it transcends its own economic and social background”.

For Sr Arias, these agreements show: “the fact that Barça is a socially advanced club. If everybody did a little bit more, as Barça do, the world would be a better place”.

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