BEIJING, August 30. /TASS/. The Chinese capital of Beijing hosted on Tuesday an official ceremony to present the country’s first-ever ice hockey club, Kunlun Red Star, which will be playing in Russia-led Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
Russian Ambassador to China Andrei Denisov, who attended the solemn ceremony, said Russia and China had been recently developing active cooperation in the sphere of sports.
"It will be very soon, particularly on September 5 in Beijing, where the [Chinese] club will hold its first ever KHL home game," Denisov said. "Club Kunlun will be hosting club Admiral from the [Russian] city of Vladivostok."
"There is only one week left before the historic match and all is left to say is to wish all players success and a spectacular game to all of ice hockey fans," Denisov added.
In mid-March, President of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation Vladislav Tretiak, Chairman of the KHL Board of Directors Gennady Timchenko and Chairman of Beijing-based Red Star Kunlun board of directors Ngok Yan Yu signed an agreement of intentions on the admission of the first-ever Chinese hockey club to the KHL.
The final decision on the accession of the Chinese hockey club to the KHL was made on June 15 at a session of the league’s Board of Directors.
China’s Kunlun Red Star is headquartered in Beijing and will be playing home matches at the MasterCard Center, which is the premier multi-function arena in the Chinese capital.
During the 2015/2016 season a total of 28 clubs played in the KHL, including Barys from Astana (Kazakhstan), Dinamo from Minsk (Belarus) and Dinamo from Riga (Latvia), Jokerit from Helsinki (Finland), Medvescak from Zagreb (Croatia) and Slovan from Bratislava (Slovakia).
The Kontinental Hockey League is an international league set up to promote ice hockey in Russia and other European and Asian states. KHL organizes matches of the Russian ice hockey championships.