Alumna Zha Xiji Awarded Untold Sports Personality of the Year
The 2013 CCTV Sports Personality of the Year awards was held on January 11, 2014 at the Beijing Master Card Arena. Zha Xiji, a graduate from the class of 1975 at Beijing Sport University (formerly named Beijing Institute of Physical Education at the time) was awarded the Untold Sports Personality of the Year for her prominent contributions to Tibetan sport for the past 38 years. Zha was sixteen when she arrived at BSU and chose Wushu as her major. After graduating, Zha devoted herself to the development of sport in Tibet by becoming the first community sport instructor in the region; she was the first Wushu teacher in Tibet. She also organized training classes for the local community sports instructors, and created aerobics exercises blended with elements of Tibetan folk dances. It is her persistent promotion of mass sport in Tibet that has earned Zha the recognition she deserves.