Olympics sports

China Calls Foul Over Tell-all Sports Memoir

Could China have engaged in underhand dealings to secure Beijing as its 2008 Olympics site? According to a memoir by Yuan Weimin, former Olympics coach and former head of the Chinese Olympic Committee, the answer is yes. Not...

Witness – The Other Olympics (Video)

From Al Jazeera English – AJE: If you are Tibetan, the only way you can compete at the Beijing Olympics is by renouncing your Tibetan identity and registering as a Chinese athlete. Many Tibetan athletes in exile have...

A Photo From the Olympics Soccer Stadium (Updated)

Here is a photo from the semifinals of men’s Olympic soccer Tuesday at Shanghai Stadium. A few Nigerians hold a banner in the middle of the sea of Chinese viewers. The banner says: “We are not good in gymnastics. We...

Guest Blogger: Let’s Be Proud of Lang Ping

Lang Ping is receiving a lot of criticism from Chinese netizens after the USA women’s volleyball team she coached defeated the Chinese team. There are people calling her a traitor, or accusing her of breaking Chinese...

Four Persons, Twenty Years

Blue Sea of Yesterday writes at My1510.cn, translated by Roland Soong at his EastSouthWestNorth blog: 1988 – 1994 – 2008 The clock of history has marched for twenty years. From refusing to accept and even insulting...

Thriving On Pressure

Evan Osnos reports in the Chicago Tribune: An inspirational Chinese quote, pasted on the wall of a private gym for China’s women’s gymnastics team, might seem unimaginable to Western athletes: “Pressure from...

China Knocking the World Off Its Feet

From the Globe and Mail: In the glamour division of boxing, where the giants duke it out, the possibility of a Chinese super heavyweight champion is as unexpected as the astonishing rise of basketball superstar Yao Ming a few...

China’s Games Live Up to Hype

From The Christian Science Monitor: China’s Olympics have been China’s Olympics. We knew the Chinese were coming, but we weren’t expecting them from every direction: weightlifting, shooting, wrestling, gymnastics, diving, even...

China Loves Its Soccer. Its Team? Don’t Ask.

The New York Times looks at Chinese soccer fans eternal frustration with their home team: As usual, jokes about the Chinese team fanned across the Internet: “The Chinese team just won two red medals.” “Our soccer team won the...

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