China's first squash stadium with all glass walls - Manta Squash Stadium - has been built in Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province as the Asian Games, with Hangzhou as the host city, quickly approach, local media reported.
The stadium is the second to reach the standard of the Asian Games following the renovation of the squash stadium in the Hangzhou International Expo Center.
Jing Shenglai, vice-president of the Hangzhou Squash Association, said that as the Hangzhou Asian Games are just around the corner, local residents are becoming increasingly interested in sports, with squash proving particularly popular, adding that more young people have been taking part in the sport in recent years,
The all-glass-wall squash stadium allows players to see outside while playing, Jing said. The design also allows pedestrians to watch people playing, which helps promote the sport, he said.
Hangzhou is one of the first cities in China to launch the squash game and has achieved good results in provincial and national competitions. To date, 31 players from the city have won gold medals, 33 have won silver medals, and 35 have won bronze medals.