Tibetan folk football:every moment of playing football is passion for the”World Cup”
Author Zhao Lang
< p>At 10 o’clock in the evening, a football stadium in the urban area of Lhasa was brightly lit. It was cold in Lhasa in November. Running, shooting, and cheering made the football stadium at night steamy. Outside of the carnival World Cup, the green field on the Tibetan Plateau is still lively.
Jigme Wangjiu is a frequent visitor at the Lhasa football stadium. At the age of 22, he started playing in elementary school and received professional training. He said that he played in junior high school, hit a barb while waiting, and was selected by the physical education teacher to enter the school football team. In college, he also led the school team to the interscholastic league championship.
This young man, like many avid fans in Tibet, pays attention to world football and chases the stars of the world. In his opinion, Tibet has narrowed its distance from the world because of football, and the younger generation also has different life dreams because of football.
Yan Peilong has lived in Lhasa for 11 years. As a mainlander, he is also a veteran player on the Lhasa green field. He has the honor to serve as the professional team leader of the Lhasa Chengtou football team.
He has experienced the changes of Tibetan folk football for more than 10 years.”The most obvious is the increase in football venues. Among them, there are more and more commercial football venues, and some can provide night venue services. And people who like to play football have a wide range of ages.” In Yan Peilong’s view, the level of football is closely related to economic development. Lhasa is regarded as the city with the highest level of football in Tibet.
He bluntly said that the development of Tibetan folk football needs to be accelerated, training professional referees and coaches, and holding sustainable brand-name matches is the key.
The reporter observes that Tibetans’ love of football is not limited to the green field. In the ancient city of Barkhor in Lhasa, there are often children playing football in the lanes. It is also a unique streetscape of the old city. In the remote county of Xigaze, reporters have also seen children in the village playing football on the square without goal or team uniforms, still having a great time.
Speaking of development, Tibetan football is not “young” anymore. Looking back in history, this sport was created in the early 20th century. By the 1960s, the Tibetan team also participated in national football matches.
Not only ordinary people like football, but Buddhist disciples are also keen on this sport. The Tibetan Buddhist Institute has the practice of holding annual sports games. Football is an indispensable event on the sports field. The most active ones are the young living Buddhas.
The monk Yundan Gatso at the Kejia Temple in Alipuran County is also a die-hard fan. He said:“I also practiced Ronaldo’s adoration of Ronaldo, ball games, and extraordinary classic moves. Our temple often engages in friendship games with border police, almost once a week.”
Tibet has a special geographical location. Many people are worried about the problem of high altitude hypoxia affecting football. Facts have proved that this has not inhibited the growth of plateau football enthusiasm.
Nali has an average altitude of more than 4,500 meters, which is the prefecture-level administrative region with the highest average altitude in Tibet. The weekend football matches here have been held twice a year for five to six years.
Nan Lang Tashi, the head of the Sports Section of the Ali Regional Education Bureau (Sports Bureau), witnessed the growth of this event.
He said that this event is Ali’s largest and longest-lasting event. From the very beginning, there were only dozens of people participating in the event, and the event gradually became more formal, and the number of participants doubled and increased.”The continuity of the event embodies the persistence and enthusiasm of many amateur players. Moreover, the professions of the contestants are also diversified, including civil servants, businessmen, Soldiers, monks, etc.”
Nanlang Tashi said that the weekend cup competition was originally five-a-side and eight-a-side. In order to allow football fans to participate, the current competition system is 11-a-side.
Talking about the plateau kicking experience, the Ali said that despite the high altitude, many locals can persist in finishing a game.
“No matter how high the altitude is, this sports activity still has grassroots enthusiasm in many remote areas of Tibet, especially the student groups.” He hopes that this enthusiasm can promote the professional development of folk football and cultivate Professional coaches and referees. (End)
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