St Mary’s Hosts Athletes from Chinese Athletics Association
Athletes from the Chinese Athletics Association (CAA) will visit St Mary’s University, Twickenham for a training camp following the World Athletics Cup hosted in the London Stadium.
The camp will feature 16 athletes, supported by seven officials, from a range of jump, throw, and sprint disciplines. The athletes will make use of the Olympic standard facilities at St Mary’s including the Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track, named after the University’s most famous alumnus, and the Fitness and Conditioning Suite.
This is the third time the CAA have hosted a training camp at St Mary’s. Ahead of the London 2012 Olympics, the CAA joined nine other nations at the University in their preparation for the games.
In 2017, the CAA returned ahead of the London World Athletics Championships, where they joined athletes from 13 other nations at St Mary’s. The CAA team in 2017 went on to two Gold, one Silver and one Bronze medal at the championships.
Speaking of the training camp St Mary’s Director of Sport Andrew Reid-Smith said, “We are delighted to welcome Team China back to St Mary’s. It’s always an enjoyable experience supporting their athletes and coaches and we wish them every success for the forthcoming Diamond League Meets in Monaco and London.”
Ling Jin, Sprints and Hurdles Event Department Team Leader from CAA, added, "Team China have been here before for the World Championship 2017. All the athletes loved to be here, there is everything: sports equipment; track; gym and great staff to arrange everything that we here. It couldn't better !and will definitely come back !"