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...

Ma on Track to Become China’s First F1 Driver

Ahead of next week’s Shanghai Grand Prix, Reuters reports that former Chinese karting champion Ma Qinghua has won a place on the Hispania Racing Team’s driver development programme, a step towards a possible future...

Jailed China F1 Boss ‘To Appeal’ – BBC News

From BBC News: Shanghai’s ex-Formula One chief, who was jailed for corruption last week, intends to appeal against his sentence, his lawyer has said. Yu Zhifei, credited with bringing Formula One to China, was given four years in jail for embezzling funds from a football club he ran in the 1990s. His lawyer Zhang Tiefeng […]

China’s Former F1 Track Chief Sentenced To Four Years – AFP

From AFP: The man who helped bring Formula One racing to China was sentenced on Thursday to four years in jail, the latest casualty of a massive Shanghai corruption scandal, state press and a court official said. Yu Zhifei, 55, was sentenced after being found guilty of embezzling 1.05 million yuan (around 140,000 dollars) in […]

Formula One reflects China’s quest for luxury

Edward Cody of Washington Post wrote this article on “Communist ideal lost to trappings of wealth, status.” “If any doubts remained that China has turned its back on socialist equality for the masses, they faded in exhaust fumes as Rubens Barrichello’s flaming red Ferrari F1 shrieked past the checkered flag before thousands of fans at […]


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