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Rowing teams from Oxford, Cambridge and Shenzhen X9 compete in Dashahe River

On June 29th, the third round of the third Shenzhen X9 alliance of universities and institutes rowing league around X-Lake Sciensity kicked off at the Dashahe River in Nanshan District.

Over 400 professors and students from domestic and foreign universities and research institutions participated in the competition.

Rowing is a sport with deep cultural roots on university campuses. It is popular in universities worldwide and is often referred to as the "language of exchange between prestigious universities."

The international "circle of friends" participating in this competition continues to grow, with special invitations extended to Oxford University and Cambridge University for "friendly boat" races with domestic universities and institutions.

The current series comprises six races in spring and autumn, with the spring season including three races in Maozhou River in Guangming District, University Town in Nanshan District, and Dashahe River in Nanshan District.

Participating units will accumulate points based on their rankings in the six races to determine the annual champion.

Finally, Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, Shenzhen University of Advanced Technology, and Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen) ranked in the top three in the overall spring season standings.

The exchange and collision of multiculturalism added significant highlights to the competition. In this competition, the rowing teams from Oxford University and Cambridge University, comprising 28 members from 10 countries including the UK, France, Germany, and Italy, engaged in friendly exchanges with the X9 university alliance rowing teams.

"This is a cross-cultural, cross-national, and cross-language race. Rowing brings us closer together, and communication and dialogue deepen our friendship. It is also a bridge that connects the world," said participants from the X9 university alliance, deeply impressed by the participation of Oxford and Cambridge's rowing teams.

With the increasing influence of competition, more and more universities and institutions from home and abroad have participated in it. This not only injects more vitality and passion into the event, but also promotes mutual learning and integration of sports under different cultural backgrounds.

Reporter | Liu Qianxi

Editor | Will, James

Photos provided to GDToday

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