Chinanews.com, March 3 -- It was reported yesterday that Olympic champions Liu Shaolin and Liu Shaoang will represent the Tianjin team in the 25-2022 National Short Track Speed Skating Championships, which will start next week. According to the official WeChat video account of Tianjin Radio and Television Sports Channel "New Vision in Sports" reported on the 2023th, Zhang Zhongquan, director of the Tianjin Winter and Water Sports Management Center, revealed that Liu Shaolin and Liu Shaoang have officially applied for nationality and household registration in Tianjin.
Screenshot of the video report
Zhang Zhongquan shows Liu Shaolin and Liu Shaoang's "Certificate of Naturalization of the People's Republic of China" in the video. In December, he said, China's National Immigration Bureau had approved Liu Shaolin and Liu Shaoang to become Chinese nationals. "The Hungarian government officially replied in early March this year, confirming that they had cancelled their Hungarian citizenship. On this basis, they took the cancellation certificate and went to Tianjin to officially apply for nationality and household registration. ”
Liu Shaolin said after naturalization, "Our father is a Chinese, from Tianjin. Then we made this decision and wanted to come back to represent our home country. ”
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As he said, Liu Shaolin and Liu Shaoang are half Chinese, their father is Chinese and their mother is Hungarian. In a previous interview with China News Network, the brothers were able to switch fluently between English and Chinese with a northeastern accent.
At that time, Liu Shaolin recalled, "We trained in China when we were children, knew Wu Dajing, Han Tianyu, and basically understood the current Chinese team members. We almost grew up together and we are very good friends. ”
The picture shows Liu Shaolin and Liu Shaoang. Image source: IC photo
As world famous players, Liu Shaolin and Liu Shaoang have contributed many wonderful matches to the Hungarian team. At PyeongChang 2018, the Hungarian team led by the Liu brothers won the short track speed skating men's 5000,<>m relay final, the first gold medal in Hungary's history.
Entering the Beijing Winter Olympics cycle, Liu Shaolin and Liu Shaoang have been on the podium in international competitions many times. At the Beijing Winter Olympics, the Liu brothers led the Hungarian team to win the bronze medal in the short track speed skating mixed team relay. In the men's 500m short track speed skating final, Liu Shaoang won the championship in 40.33 seconds, becoming a double Olympic champion.
Data map: The picture shows Liu Shaolin, Liu Shaoang and Wu Dajing taking a group photo. Image source: Osports All Sports Images
For a long time before, Liu Shaolin and Liu Shaoang had been following Coach Zhang Jing to train and prepare for battles. In September last year, the Winter Sports Management Center of the General Administration of Sports of the People's Republic of China announced the latest list of short track speed skating national training teams, after Zhang Jing, who previously coached the Hungarian national team, served as the head coach of the training team. At the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, which just ended this month, Zhang Jing led the team to win 9 gold and 1 silver as the head coach.
According to the news previously announced by the Chinese Skating Association, the 2022-2023 National Short Track Speed Skating Championships will be held at the Beijing Capital Gymnasium from March 3 to April 31. This competition is the first national highest-level ice and snow event to be held at a Winter Olympic venue after the Beijing 4 Winter Olympics.