Snooker World Championship, Chinese open winner Ding Junhui already out

| May 9th, 2014

[Ding Junhui at Snooker German Masters]

The city of Sheffield in England is famous for its steelworks and trams, but is also the setting for the World Championship of snooker which is currently in full flow. The tournament remains the most prestigious ranking event in snooker, with many of the top players showing their skills and repertoire at the table in the hope of going all the way to the final to win huge prize money, and gain valuable ranking points […]Read more…

Chinese Basketball Association website hacked by “Japanese”

| November 8th, 2012

The following is guest post by Philip via MarketingToChina.com

The website of Chinese Basketball Association was hacked in the night of Nov. 6, Beijing time (GMT +8). On the front page of the website there appeared a notice in Japanese as shown in the following. The rough translation is “Diaoyu Islands owner is Japan, Chinese are China pigs, Japanese technology the best”.

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Netizens speculate Liu Xiang fakes fall at Olympics

| August 25th, 2012

“It’s the truth: this is the cruelty of sports. Liu Xiang is like a warrior. He jumped, knowing not going to make it to the end.” When Chinese famous 110-meter hurdle athlete Liu Xiang fell on the first hurdle at the London Olympics, the CCTV commentator, Yang Jian was not surprised to make the above report, acting like he already knew this is meant to happen.

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Blood and tears of childhood behind gold medals

| August 21st, 2012

From IFeng:

At the London Olympics games, post 90s generation shined.  However, what is not known behind the gold medals is a childhood filled with blood and tears.  Look at these little faces with tears, hands and feet covered in scars, worn exercise bars and training pants, do you feel the pain?

Little body not yet fully developed being forcefully stepped on everyday.

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Liu Xiang falls out of race, reactions on Weibo

| August 9th, 2012

Liu Xiang, eight years ago won the 110 meter hurdles at the 2004 Athens Olympics with the world record time of 12”87’, giving China its first Olympic gold medal in men’s track and field ever. He instantly became the hero of the entire Nation.  However, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics  Liu withdrew from his preliminary heat due to Achilles tendon injuries which hugely disappointed billion Chinese fans and Liu got hammered by the public back then.  Now, the 2012 London […]Read more…

Olympic badminton players disqualified for deliberate poor play

| August 2nd, 2012

The following is a guest post by Lisa Xu via The Hopewell Journal

Eight badminton players have been disqualified from the women’s doubles competition at the London Olympic Games for deliberately playing poorly in Tuesday’s matches.

Two pairs from South Korea, and one each from Indonesia and China, including World Champions and top seeds Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli from China, were accused of “not using best efforts” in an attempt to manipulate the draw for the knockout stage.

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Mysterious Chinese Olympic athlete selections baffle athletes and outsiders alike

| August 1st, 2012

The following is a gust post by Lisa Xu via The Hopewell Journal.

[Wang Mingjuan]

Chinese weightlifting champion Wang Mingjuan of China won her first Olympic gold in the 48kg class on Saturday.

The 26-year-old from Hunan, China dominated her sport for a decade, but she was mysteriously omitted from China’s 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams.

This year, she was picked ahead of the reigning world champion Tian Yuan, a 19 year old from China’s Hubei Province. Ma Guangwen, director of the Weightlifting, Wrestling, […]Read more…

Zulfiya Chinshanlo, Kazakhstan weight lifting champion is really Chinese athlete from Hunan

| July 31st, 2012

From Netease:

July 29th, Zulfiya, the Kazakhstan woman weight-lifting athlete, broke the world record and became the champion, earning the second gold medal for Kazakhstan. However, no one knew that this Kazakhstan weightlifter was a former Chinese athlete — former Hunan player, Zhao Changning (赵常宁). Zulfiya, originally named Zhao Changning, was born in 1993 in the deep mountains two-hour away from Yongzhou, Hunan Province. At age of 11, because of poverty, Zhao Changning was sent by her parents to Lengshuitan in […]Read more…

BBC host questions Ye Shiwen’s incredible swim, Netizens angry

| July 30th, 2012

From Sina:

16 years old, incredibly swam the last 50 meters of the 400 IM final, faster than men’s champion Ryan Lochte, beat her personal best by 5 seconds, broke the women’s world record for the first time since the high-tech swimsuits ban, swept Asian Games, World Championships and Olympic Games and became the youngest grand slam swimming winner in China… During the interview after the game, Ye Shiwen expressed her excitement and joy, and credited all to her hard work […]Read more…

Sun Yang: never taken Park Tae-hwan’s provocation seriously

| July 29th, 2012

From Sina Weibo:

Sun Yang (Weibo) He Won! 20 years old, 1.97meters tall, 3 minutes 40 seconds 14! When Sun Yang roared in the swimming pool like a lion, who knew all the hardship, persistence, pressure or tears behind this glory… At the mixed interview zone after the race, Sun Yang covered his face to sob several times, crying like a kid with a pair of red eyes, “The Park Tae-hwan incidence in the morning inspired me. I have no reason […]Read more…

Pictures of Jeremy Lin shirtless in bed leaked

| February 21st, 2012

Pictures of Jeremy Lin shirtless in bed have been leaked online, and the story made the front page of the influential discussion board Mop. Since they were posted to Mop.com on February 18, the thread has been viewed over 610,000 times, and the pictures have spread to many other Chinese news websites. The original post includes no text and two pictures of Lin in bed and pictures of women holding “val-Lin-tines”-related signs.

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The two extremes of Chinese characteristic physical education

| October 26th, 2011

(From ifeng) Kids in China are forced to relate to sports in one way or another. Some of them maximize physical training so that they can count on sports to earn a living in the future, the rest has to minimize exercise intensity to focus on passing exams and getting into better schools. These two extreme attitudes towards sports constitute unique Chinese characteristic physical education.

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Robles collides with Liu Xiang in final 110m hurdles race angers Chinese audience

| September 3rd, 2011

Last night’s final 110m hurdles race in the Athletics World Championships in South Korea was perhaps the most anticipated game for Chinese audience-the nation’s TV station CCTV even make a special short propaganda film for Liu. However, it now becomes the most controversial race. Cuban Dayron Robles won the race but was disqualified after making contact with Liu Xiang, causing Liu almost tripped over the last hurdle and ended up in second place.

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Harmonizing basketball brawl between Georgetown and Bayi Rockets in China

| August 30th, 2011

When a Chinese basketball team got involved in an all-out brawl with the Georgetown University team in an exhibition on August 18, it revealed that no topic is off limits to the river crab. “River crab,” in Chinese pronounced “he xie,” is a pun on “harmonious society,” used by netizens to mock the word.

There was nothing “harmonious” about what happened between Georgetown and the Bayi Rockets on August 18 when they met for a game during Georgetown’s ostentatious good-will tour. […]Read more…