foreign sports

Iran’s World Cup Protest Elicits Admiration on Weibo, WeChat

In apparent solidarity with the anti-regime protests currently gripping Iran, the Iranian men’s national soccer team refused to sing the national anthem before their opening match in the 2022 World Cup, which is being hosted by...

Golf in China Growing Fast

Brook Larmer at The New York Times looks into the increasing zeal for golf in Mainland China: The People’s Republic might seem an unlikely incubator for golf prodigies. Chairman Mao, after all, banned the game in 1949 as so much...

Tackling Football in China

After taking in the Super Bowl at an Irish pub in Beijing on Monday morning, The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos reflects on the history and future of American football in China: Transplanting football to China has never been as...

30 Years Later, Visit to China Still Resonates

The Washington Wizards basketball team is visiting China to commemorate a trip to the country thirty years ago by the same team (then called the Washington Bullets), which marked the first visit to China by a professional U.S....

China Anxious for Olympic Transformation

The Washington Post looks at the future of rugby in China if it is accepted as an Olympic sport: Rugby would immediately attract central government funding and, more importantly, become a sport at China’s quadrennial...

NFL Struggles to Gain Ground in China

American football is the latest sport to try to make a foray into the Chinese market. But the Los Angeles Times reports that the NFL is having a hard time spreading the message, as was made evident during viewings of the recent...

Playing in China, Chipping at a Wall

Baseball promoters are the latest sports enthusiasts to try to break into the China market. The New York Times reports on the first Major League Baseball team played in China, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego...

Exporting a Sport to China: How Do You Say Zamboni in Mandarin? – Dave Caldwell

The New York Times reports on efforts to sell the sport of hockey in China: China is widely regarded by North American professional sports leagues as a colossal untapped market of fans. Earlier this month, an estimated 100 million to 200 million fans in China watched an N.B.A. game that included two Chinese stars, with […]

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