athletes

COVID Concerns Prompt China to Abandon Role as AFC Cup Host

On Saturday, China officially withdrew from its role as the host of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup. The quadrennial event, which brings together 24 national soccer teams from across Asia, was originally...

On the Eve of Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Disquiet Dominates

Nerves are running high for athletes and organizers on the eve of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. The prospect of further boycotts by activists, diplomats, and athletes threatens to spoil organizers’ hopes of a seamless...

Harbin Hosts International Humanoid Robot Olympics

As the eyes of the world bore hungrily into the London 2012 medal table, China Daily’s Wang Kaihao reports from the International Humanoid Robot Olympic Games in Harbin and talks to the competition’s executive...

A Revolution in Thinking for Chinese Athlete

The Los Angeles Times profiles professional athlete turned anti-CCP activist Kai Chen: For years Kai Chen enjoyed the good life of a professional basketball player in China, playing on the national team and traveling around the...

China Calls Up Its First Black Athlete

Volleyball player Ding Hui (丁慧) is attracting much attention for being China’s first prominent black athlete. From Telegraph: Ding Hui, who is affectionately nicknamed Xiao Hei, or Little Black, by his team mates, was...

Thousands of Chinese Athletes Faking Ages in Guangdong

As a follow-up to reporting on the Olympics about questions over gymnasts’ true ages, it has now been reported that Guangdong Province has found that thousands of youth athletes have faked their ages in order to compete....

Another Chinese Athlete Is Barred for Life After Drug Test

From New York Times: For the second time in less than a week, Chinese authorities announced that one of their Olympic athletes had tested positive for a banned substance and was subsequently barred from his sport for life. The...

Winners Cannot Quit China’s Medal Factory

From International Herald Tribune: As a reward for winning an Olympic gold medal in flatwater canoeing four years ago, Yang Wenjun — the son of peasant rice farmers — was handed the deed to a three-bedroom apartment here in a...

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