Representatives from World Series of Fighting held a press conference in The Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square in Beijing this past July to announce efforts to bring its brand of world class MMA to the Asian market.
The press conference was hosted by Sun Zhengping of CCTV Sports and was attended by over 100 people. Attendees included Tang Guoqiang; Chairman of the China Actor’s Committee, Gong Jianzhong; Vice President of China Public Diplomacy Association; Wang Jianhua, National Development and Reform Commission; Sun Wenbing, State General Administration of Sports; Dr. Richard Lee, President of Chinese CEO Organization; and Yu Wansheng, philanthropist and one of China’s top ten art collectors.
Former NBA and Chinese basketball star Tracy McGrady provided a video speech in partnership support and welcoming WSOF to China. Albert Hung, prominent Hong Kong tycoon, also provided an official letter of support. This immediately led to the opening of its Greater China headquarters in the Hainan province of China, and the founding of World Series of Fighting Global Championship (WSOF-GC).
The State Council, China’s Cabinet, issued a national development plan for the sports industry in October last year, urging the General Administration of Sport of China to loosen its grip on the untapped market of MMA and allow businesses and private investors to enter the industry that has been long-dominated by State-owned companies.
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