Schormann explains the tree's significance, "It is an old tradition at major events, especially here at the 50th World Championships, to plant a tree to commemorate this special occasion.Our sport began in ancient times and now in 2010, this tree signifies the roots of the sport that will grow deeper and deeper. Like our sport, the tree will grow and demonstrates the close connection between sport and the environment."
The impressive facilities in Chengdu are largely thanks to Schormann's passion in the project and he explains that it all came about after a visit to the area following the catastrophic Wenchuan earthquake that hit the area surrounding Chengdu in May 2008.
"I wanted to see what could be done in the future for this area and I knew that sport is the best catalyst. I gave some ideas and I saw some of the beautiful facilities that were already in existence here."
The stadium is the only one of its' kind in the world, with facilities to hold all five Modern Pentathlon events in one place. Constructed in only one year, Schormann was left in awe of the amazing construction feat of China.
"I couldn't believe it was possible in only one year. There was a team of 3,000 workers working on two sessions day and night. The stadium will be a legacy that stands for years and years to come. These facilities are even better than those at Olympic Games and better than could have been expected."
Future plans to expand the stadium in Chengdu include a hotel, shopping area and even a small museum set to be housed in the Media Centre.
"I plan to bring items for the museum when we come again and I am urging my friends to donate for this centre, like the items donated by Russian Olympic medallist, Eduard Zenovka. I believe it is something that we can build upon for the future."
The Pierre de Coubertin Modern Pentathlon Centre will be used for World Cup competitions every year up until 2014 and Schormann has further hopes of a new blue running track to allow the stadium to reach its' full potential.
"With over 30 countries competing here in Chengdu, we have a new destination for high level competition. I'm sure athletes will want to come here again and again. China know that they have delivered something to the Olympic movement and I wish many generations will compete here in the future.