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Champions Announced for ‘MGM Lion Dance Championship 2016’

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The sixth “MGM Lion Dance Championship — Macau International Invitational” came to conclusion in a glorious ceremony at MGM MACAU’s Grande Praca. Yi Wei Athletic Association from Singapore took home the champion title of “Male Lion Dance Championship”, while Wushu Federation from Philippines won in Macau’s first “Female Lion Dance Championship”.

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Guests of Honor posed for a group photo with the male and female winning teams at the Award Presentation Ceremony.

The “MGM Lion Dance Championship — Macau International Invitational” was first launched in 2010 by MGM as a way to promote this significant piece of Chinese culture into an internationally recognized sport, while passing on the heritage to younger generation and wider audience. In 2011, MGM began a new tradition by hosting the world’s first “Female Lion Dance Performance Competition“, which is upgraded to the “Female Lion Dance Championship” with international rating system this year. Last year, MGM rolled out Macau’s first-ever Junior Lion Dance Program, an annual summer training opportunity for youngsters aged 5 to 10 to learn the fundamentals of this traditional sport; accumulatively, over 110 graduates have completed this program in August 2016, and have performed at public events including government-hosted festivities.

The “MGM Lion Dance Championship 2016” saw 23 elite lion dance troupes from 10 countries and regions strive for the top titles. In the male category, Yi Wei Athletic Association from Singapore bested the other 14 teams by a score of 9.19; Chinese Shenzhen City Fuyong Street Huaide Lion Dance Group from China and Persekutuan Tarian Naga & Singa Malaysia Team B — Kuantan Builder’s Association Lion & Dragon Dance Group from Malaysia finished as the First and Second Runners-up with scores of 9.18 and 9.13 respectively. In the female category, Wushu Federation from Philippines won the Championship by a score of 8.90, while Associacao Desportiva e Recreativa Hong Wai from Macau and Persekutuan Tarian Naga & Singa Malaysia Team B — Kuantan Builder’s Association Lion & Dragon Dance Group from Malaysia finished second and third with scores of 8.83 and 8.76 respectively among.

Guests of Honor in attendance at the Award Presentation Ceremony were Mr. Kou Ming, Deputy Director-General of Economic Affairs Department of Liaison Office of the Central People’s government in the Macao SAR; Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of Macao Government Tourism Office; Mr. Wu Iao Ut, Head of Sports Associations and Support Division of Sports Bureau of the Macao SAR; Mr. Chan Weng Kit, President of Wushu General Association of Macau and Chairman of Dragon & Lion Dance Federation of Asia; Mr. Chao Chi Man, Honorary Chairman of the Organizing Committee of MGM Lion Dance Championship, and Mr. Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, who presented trophies to and congratulated the winning teams to mark the successful conclusion of the two-day event.

Mr. Grant Bowie expressed his gratitude towards all related parties for their continued support and contributions to make this event once again a huge success. “Chinese culture is an integral part of what makes Macau a unique destination that it is. We are honored to have the support from the government and our partners to pass bring this significant cultural sport to the world, while sparking interest in the younger generation. This is a sport that requires trust among team members, builds courage and integrity, which are qualities we would like to foster among the youth in our community. As we continue to develop diversified offerings, we hope the MGM Lion Dance Championship will become one of Macau’s staple annual events that brings the world to our city.”

MGM Lion Dance Championship — Macau International Invitational 2016

Results of “Male Lion Dance Championship”

Team

Ranking

Score

Yi Wei Athletic Association from Singapore

Champion

9.19

Chinese Shenzhen City Fuyong Street Huaide Lion Dance Group from China

1st Runner-up

9.18

Persekutuan Tarian Naga & Singa Malaysia Team B — Kuantan Builder’s Association Lion & Dragon Dance Group from Malaysia

2nd Runner-up

9.13

Results of “Female Traditional Lion Dance Championship”

Team

Ranking

Score

Wushu Federation from Philippines

Champion

8.90

Associação Desportiva e Recreativa Hong Wai from Macau

1st Runner-up

8.83

Persekutuan Tarian Naga & Singa Malaysia Team B — Kuantan Builder’s Association Lion & Dragon Dance Group from Malaysia

2nd Runner-up

8.76

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