JOHANNESBURG, April 22 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese community in South Africa and nearby countries and regions met in Johannesburg and played different sports disciplines during the Easter holidays.
The chairperson of Southern Africa Chinese Sports Association (SASCA) Jason Li Hunt told Xinhua that every year the Chinese community is united in sports during the Easter holidays.
"This yearly event unifies the Chinese people. It provides an opportunity to meet new people, new friends enjoy meals together and build bonds. It improves every year. Last year we had 350 players and this year we had 550," said Li Hunt.
The players are from the Chinese community all over South Africa, ESwatini (Swaziland) and Reunion. They played basketball, badminton, golf, table tennis, shooting, soccer and squash.
Li Hunt said the tournament started 60 years ago during the Apartheid rule when the Chinese were not allowed to play sports with other races.
He said, "We are celebrating 60 years of SASCA with some people who were there when the tournament started. This is now part of our annual calendar and Chinese culture."
The SACSA honorary president Shirleen Man told Xinhua that the sporting weekend was wonderful. They are happy with the support they got from the Chinese enterprises and the embassy in South Africa.
Man said, "Besides sports being good for our health, this is our cultural event where we meet new friends and learn from each other. There are overseas Chinese and those born in different African countries."
The Chinese ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian officially opened the sports tournament last Thursday by thanking the Chinese community for promoting Sino-South Africa and Sino-Africa relations. He encouraged them to continue doing that.
The tournament started on Thursday and concluded on Monday with the presentation of trophies.