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China to introduce soccer textbooks in schools

China is set to introduce soccer textbooks in school curriculum as part of a push backed by its football-enthusiast President Xi Jinping to transform the nation into a powerhouse of the sport.

The country is poised to launch the first batch of soccer textbooks for more than 5,000 elementary and secondary schools across the nation, which have added at least one compulsory soccer class to students’ curriculum every week. The Education Ministry is pushing to expand that number to 20,000 by 2017.

The seven volumes of textbooks compiled by the People’s Education Press, a major state-backed publishing house, will be completed by the end of this month, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

“The books will be promoted to schools across the nation in September for next semester’s studies,” a Press spokeswoman surnamed Yang was quoted as saying.



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