Sports Industry

China Daily: China’s sports industry sets five-year target (2011-2015)

China Daily: China’s sports industry sets five-year target 

The General Administration of Sport of China recently released the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011- 2015) for the sports industry.

The group set a target for the industry’s industrial added value to increase over 15 percent annually, the Shanghai Securities News reported Tuesday.

According to the plan, by the end of the 12th Five-Year period, the industrial added value of the sports industry should exceed 400 billion yuan ($61.47 billion), accounting for over 0.7 percent of the total GDP.

By 2015, the sports industry should hire a total of over 4 million employees. And the industry should become one of the important growth points of China’s economy, according to the report.

The plan promotes the building of sports industry bases, sports enterprises and sports brands. The specific measures include supporting the investment and financing of the athletics industry and carrying out related tax incentives, the newspaper reported.

About Carrie Xu

Yanqin "Carrie" Xu is a Shanghai native, currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area and working for the Pac-12 Conference as Senior Manager, International. She is very passionate about sports and international collaboration, and is doing her best to bridge sports between the US and China. Carrie holds an MBA degree from University of Southern California (USC) and has worked for Nike China and Nike International Basketball previously. She was also a Vice President at USC Marshall Sports Business Organization. She can be reached via email at


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