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Sports bring people of various ethnic groups together in Xinjiang-Xinhua

A multi-ethnic amateur basketball team named The Commanders takes a group photo.

Through sports, people from different ethnic groups in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region enjoy a colorful life together.

URUMQI, June 29 (Xinhua) — A multi-ethnic amateur basketball team named The Commanders is well-known in the amateur basketball courts of Urumqi, the capital city of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

“People know us not because we play well, but because we have played together for over 10 years,” said Make, captain of The Commanders and a barber from the Hui ethnic group.

The team has nearly 50 players from seven ethnic groups, including Han, Uygur, Mongolian and Dongxiang. They do different jobs, and some got to know each other in school or at the workplace, but most of them just met because of basketball.

The players try to “use all our spare time possible to play basketball together,” said Baoyin, a veteran player from…

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