|（School of Physical Education，Hunan University of Technology，Zhuzhou 412008，China)
Abstract: In order the catch the academic circle’s attention to eastern sports history study, on the basis of presenting the current academic situation of “the west is more important than the east” in sports history study in China, the au-thor analyzed its causes, and pointed out its harm. This research indicates that the phenomenon of “the west is more important than the east” in sports history study in China is related to the traditional Chinese Celestial Empire con-ception, special disciplinary systems, and superior historical and cultural mentality. Such a current academic situa-tion not only weakens and blurs the roles and status once played by traditional Chinese sports in Asian and even world sports history, but also will let us miss a lot of opportunities to understand, know and rethink ourselves. Strengthening sports history study in the Chinese character culture circle, can not only clarify traditional Chinese sports culture’s status as the origin of Northeast Asia, and restore part of historical truth of traditional Chinese sports culture, but also provide historical reference for traditional Chinese sports culture to go global, and provide data ref-erence for the non-material cultural heritage protection work in China.
Key words: sports history study；western sports history；eastern sports history；Chinese character cultural circle