People’s Daily Online, Hohhot, September 18th (Qi Haonan) September 23rd is the sixth farmers’ harvest festival in China. In order to thoroughly implement the spirit of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, implement the national fitness strategy, and promote the construction of livable and beautiful countryside and the high-quality development of sports for farmers and herdsmen, in accordance with the requirements of the Notice of the General Office of the General Administration of Sports of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs on Holding the National and American Country Basketball Competition (Village BA), Inner Mongolia will hold a celebration of the sixth China farmers’ harvest festival and the first "Harmony" in Inner Mongolia.
The competition was hosted by the Sports Bureau of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and the Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Department of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, hosted by the Inner Mongolia Stadium Service Center and co-organized by the Inner Mongolia Basketball Association. The competition was held in the National (Northern) Football Training Base of Hohhot from September 23rd to September 28th. A total of 141 players from 10 teams from rural and pastoral areas in the whole region participated in the competition. All the players were farmers and herdsmen of Sumu and below in all the cities and towns in the whole region. 10 teams use group single round-robin competition to determine the group ranking, and then cross-match to determine 1 to 8.
Hemei Country Basketball Competition (Village BA) is a competition held to promote livable and suitable business and beautiful rural construction, enrich rural cultural and sports activities, boost rural spirit and promote the high-quality development of farmers and herdsmen’s sports. The purpose of the competition is to strengthen the spiritual civilization construction of farmers and herdsmen, enhance their fitness awareness, and highlight the style of farmers and herdsmen in the new era, show rural features and lead rural fashion by holding a mass and interesting rural basketball competition.
This competition is the first time that Inner Mongolia has held the "Hemei Village" men’s basketball competition for farmers and herdsmen. During the competition, there will also be wonderful cultural performances and agricultural products exhibitions, aiming at fully demonstrating the spiritual outlook and sports competitive level of farmers and herdsmen in Inner Mongolia in the new era, creating a beautiful atmosphere to celebrate the harvest festival, actively creating a sports event for farmers and herdsmen that integrates basketball competitions, cultural performances and agricultural products exhibitions, further promoting the construction of livable and beautiful villages and the high-quality development of sports for farmers and herdsmen, and helping rural revitalization and the construction of a sports power and an agricultural power. Holding this event is of great significance for building a "model autonomous region" in an all-round way and demonstrating the level of economic and social development in the autonomous region.
In this competition, qingzhen city "Village BA" men’s basketball team is specially invited to compete on the same stage. The qingzhen city team is composed of folk basketball fans, with an average height of 1.8 meters. It is a united, active, enthusiastic team that combines old and new. Over the years, he has represented qingzhen city in many provincial and municipal competitions and won many honors. In this team, there are migrant workers who go out to work and return home, decoration workers, auto mechanics, farmers who farm and breed at home, and even young college students who are studying at school and just graduated. In 2023, the national "Hemei Village" basketball match, Guiyang Division, Guizhou Province, and the qingzhen city team also passed all the way and advanced to the municipal finals. The friendly match will officially start after the opening ceremony on the evening of September 23rd.