Intelligent sports in China: rise, development and measures

ZHENG Fang1 XU Weikang2

(1.Department of Physical Education, Zhejiang University , Hangzhou, China 310028)
(2.School of Juris Master, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China 100089)

【Abstract】This paper reviews the development of intelligent sports, explores the law of development, and puts forward the path of future development through literature review, logical analysis and empirical research. The integration of sports informatization and sports industrialization cannot be achieved without intelligent sports. The key point is to mine valuable information by using deep-learning algorithm based on sports big data and to transform the sports industry intelligently. Compared with traditional sports, intelligent sports are digital, entertaining and convenient. China’s intelligent sports started in the 1990s, which originated from the breakthrough of big data, algorithms and computing power, as well as the expansion of China’s sports business and market demand. At present, intelligent sports have been continuously promoted in competitive sports, and gradually spread in national fitness, with the function of improving the level of professional sports and facilitating the public fitness. But now, China’s intelligent sports remain in the initial stage of development. The sports database based on intelligent sports technology has not really formed, the consumption demand for intelligent sports has not really opened, and the regulatory system of intelligent sports has yet to be established. At the industrial level, intelligent sports industry is dominated by small and micro enterprises, and the industrial development is unbalanced. In order to promote the further development of intelligent sports, from the perspective of policy, we need to introduce macro encouraging policies and establish supporting regulatory system; from the technical point of view, we need to build an interconnected sports big data platform to solve negative problems through technical solutions; and from the perspective of market, we need to optimize the industrial structure and promote sports consumption.

【Keywords】 intelligent sports; competitive sports; national fitness; sports big data;


【Funds】 Major Project of Zhejiang University (204201*172220291)

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Vol 39, No. 12, Pages 14-24

December 2019


Article Outline


  • 1 Rise of the application of AI in sports
  • 2 An overview of intelligent sports
  • 3 Trends in the development of intelligent sports in China
  • 4 Measures for boosting intelligent sports in China
  • 5 Conclusions
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