There is a beautiful town in Switzerland that is surrounded by mountains. Its name is Montreux, but on the 8th of June, the town seems to be somewhat different from the past. The city government held an opening ceremony for a statue. The figure on the statue was Li Ning, the Chinese gymnastic prince. Li Ning traveled thousands of miles to bring the whole family to the opening scene. So what are the origins of Li Ning and Montreux?
Speaking of the relationship between Li Ning and Montreux, we must start with the Montreux International Gymnastics Federation. On June 8, 2017, Li Ning’s statue was inaugurated on this day, which was also the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the International Gymnastics Federation. Li Ning, in addition to working as a gymnast in gymnastics, retired after serving as a gymnast. After 8 years of membership in the International Gymnastics Federation, it is mainly responsible for the revision of gymnastics rules and the training of referees.
André F. Gueisbuhler, General Secretary of the Montreux Federation of International Gymnastics told swissinfo.ch: “Li Ning is not only a star for us, he is still a heavy figure.”
It is therefore not surprising that his statue was set up in Montreux where the International Gymnastics Federation is located.