China International Sport Show, the largest exhibition of sporting goods in Asia Pacific, opened Friday in Chengdu, capital city of southwest China's Sichuan Province.
The show, inaugurated in 1993 and coming into its 28th edition (two editions a year since 2002), features a record 1,041 international and domestic sporting goods enterprises. They are displayed in six sections - sportswear, outdoor, tennis and badminton, ball games, gym and sports venue facilities.
It is a huge improvement on the inaugural show held in Xi'an in 1993, when about 100 enterprises took part.
"The fast improvement of China Sport Show signals the booming Chinese sports industry," said Yang Shu'an, vice-director of the China State General Administration of Sport.
Livia Liang, a gym retailer from east China's Fujian Province, hailed the show an important event for the whole sports industry.
"Taking part in the China International Sport Show has always offered great visibility for us in the global market and also for meeting high quality buyers and visitors," said Liang.
The show will close on May 16.