This weekend the red carpet was rolled out for the Chinese Ambassador Xie Hangsheng when he guests Denmark Open in Odense. The visit emphasizes that Denmark Open is one of Denmark’s biggest sports event.
Denmark Open has plenty of world stars to offer this weekend when the semi-finals and finals in Odense Sports center are being played. Both Danish and international stars fight for the titles, and the battles will be attended by Chinese Ambassador Xie Hangsheng.
He is a badminton fan and will place in the stands for the first time ever and will follow all the matches on Saturday and Sunday. He arrived Saturday at 12 noon for the tournament, and his presence at the Denmark Open is a clear indication of a huge interest in the Denmark Open. And Stina Willumsen, Danish politician and in charge of the sports section in Odense Commune, is proud having the Ambassador in Odense.
– We are very proud to host the Denmark Open, and the fact that China’s Ambassador is visiting is an example of the power of hosting an event like Denmark Open, she explains.
Stina Willumsen is satisfied that Odense can present high class badminton to the Ambassador and adds that the visit is making a good link even stronger between Denmark and China.
– It connects China and Denmark, and the badminton is unique in this way. Denmark is a great nation and China is a great nation, so it is good opportunity, Stina Willumsen says.
Xie Hangsheng will be accompanied by other from the Chinese Embassy such as Qiu Guangling, the Commercial Counsellor.
The Chinese visit is also of great importance to the Danish Badminton Federation:
– Of course we are very happy that the Chinese Amassador is coming to Odense to watch badminton. We see it as an improvement of the relation between Denmark and China – and we believe it is very positive according the Chinese participation in the Denmark Open in the future. Furthermore it is evident for Denmark Open who is being raised to one of five Premier Super Series – likewise the Grand Slam in tennis, says Peter Jensen, the chairman of the Danish Badminton Federation.