The Politics of Sports: Watching the World Cup in Beijing – Daniel A. Bell

09 From A Glimpse of the World:

China did not qualify for the 2006 , yet there was almost fanatical enthusiasm for the games in . Because the matches were played in the middle of the night, many Beijingers slept during the day. This gave a brief respite from ’s notorious traffic jams, and the number of emergency calls to the city hotline decreased by 11 percent during the hours of the games. My son’s end-of-year examinations were scheduled during the three-day interval between two rounds. I was told that the dates were purposefully chosen. [Full Text]

November 29, 2006, 10:01 PM
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