One of China's largest privately-held multinational companies, Fosun, has agreed to become title sponsor of the Best Athlete Award 2018. Alongside the Longines Rising Star, Best Groom, Against All Odds and FEI Solidarity awards, the Fosun Best Athlete Award was presented at the FEI Awards 2018 Gala presented by Longines in Manama (BRN). The sponsorship follows Fosun’s collaboration with the Longines China Tour Beijing event in 2017. Mr Xiaodong Wen, Global Partner of Fosun, said: “Following our successful launch of the CEID (China Equestrian International Development) Europe League in the Netherlands and Belgium, and the Longines China Tour of Beijing Great Wall, we were keen to extend our cooperation with the international equestrian community. The Fosun Best Athlete Award will showcase the best of the sport and we are honoured to be associated with this level of excellence.” China has the second largest horse population in the world and is a key equestrian destination with 400,000 active equestrians, one in 1,000 fans riding regularly and 300,000 people directly employed in horse sport. International competitions are also growing fast in the country, with a record 1,600% increase in the number of international events, going from just one in 2009 to 17 in 2017.