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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...

Gym Officials: China’s 2008 Gold Medalists of Age

The Olympics gymnasts who were accused of falsifying their ages in order to compete have been officially cleared, though questions remain about bronze medalists from the 2000 Games. AP reports: International gymnastics officials...

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...

A Fresh Face, and Questions, in the Pool for China

The New York Times looks at the surprise gold in women’s swimming won by newcomer Liu Zige: Who was this 19-year-old swimmer who had never competed in an international meet before? How had she shaved more than a second off...

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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