BEIJING, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- China will send 52 contestants -- its largest team ever -- to the 44th WorldSkills Competition to be held in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, an official said Sunday.
The contestants will participate in 47 events scheduled for Oct. 14-19, said Tang Tao, vice minister of human resources and social security.
More than 1,260 contestants worldwide will compete in 52 competitions. It is the fourth time for China to participate in the competition, said Tang.
China won five gold medals, six silver medals and four bronze medals in the 43rd WorldSkills Competition held in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015.
Shanghai is in the running to host the 46th WorldSkills Competition in 2021, along with cities in Switzerland and South Africa.
The final decision will be voted on by the WorldSkills International delegates in October at the General Assembly to be held in Abu Dhabi.
WorldSkills dates back to 1950, when it was first held in Madrid, Spain. The biennial event seeks to increase the awareness and prestige of vocational and blue-collar professions. China first participated in the event in 2011.