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Soccer star sparks controversy with Xinjiang social media posts
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil has become the latest international celebrity caught in a political storm in China after he strongly criticized Beijing’s policies in Xinjiang. The German soccer player hit out at the Muslim world’s silence over allegations of widespread human rights abuses in the far western region, where a million mainly Uygur Muslims have reportedly been detained in re-education camps. The comments prompted a backlash from Chinese newspapers and social media users, some of whom accused him of “hurting the feelings of the Chinese people.” China’s state broadcaster CCTV did not air Arsenal’s Sunday matchup against Manchester City. Özil, whose family originates from Turkey, po
Soccer star sparks controversy with Xinjiang social media posts
6-year-old battles tears to master table tennis in China
A six-year-old girl in eastern China’s Shandong province has inspired many with her determination to master table tennis. She has become an online star after the training school shared clips of her sessions online. After training for a year, she won her age group at her first official competition.
6-year-old battles tears to master table tennis in China
Career of Chinese swimming superstar hangs in the balance
Sun Yang is the shining star of Chinese swimming, but the Olympic champion’s future hangs in the balance ahead of next summer’s Tokyo Olympic Games. The 27-year-old faces a doping hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland starting on November 15. At the swimmer’s insistence, it will be a public hearing, with the court expected to live-stream it online. So how did we get here? It all stems back to an incident at Sun’s home on September 4, 2018 during an out-of-competition drug test. This was reported by Britain’s The Sunday Times newspaper in January 2019. Sun questioned the credentials of a member of the doping control team who had showed up at his home to test him. Sun co
 Career of Chinese swimming superstar hangs in the balance
Tokyo 2020: Chinese Paralympic swimming star finds new challenge in triathlon
Wang Jiachao was born in a remote village in the tropical Chinese province of Yunnan. When he was five, he lost his left arm at the shoulder in an accidental electrocution. Now 27, he is a bonafide star — having won one gold, four silvers and one bronze medal in swimming in three Paralympic Games. Having retired from swimming, he got a bachelor’s and a master’s degree and reinvented himself as a professional triathlete. Now Wang is preparing to fulfill his dream of another Paralympic gold at Tokyo 2020. “I was chosen,” he said of how he became a professional athlete. “One day, county officials came to our village to issue disability certificates. They saw me and said I should go to Kunming t
Tokyo 2020: Chinese Paralympic swimming star finds new challenge in triathlon
Boycott, what boycott? NBA season opens with a bang in China
After weeks of uncertainty and calls for a boycott of the NBA in China, basketball fans showed up online in droves to watch a season opener between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers.  According to Tencent Sports, the league’s exclusive streaming partner in China, 25 million viewers watched the live stream, dispelling any speculation of a popular backlash against the NBA. By comparison, 21 million Chinese viewers watched the second-to-last final game of the previous season between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors in June. According to NBA China, it was China’s most-watched NBA game via live stream. (It's unclear whether Tencent and NBA China use the same met
Boycott, what boycott? NBA season opens with a bang in China
Wing chun practitioner gets knocked out in 72 seconds by MMA fighter
You would think the kung fu frauds who get royally embarrassed by Chinese MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong would learn their lesson. Alas, one of the wing chun “masters” came back for some more punishment. Ding Hao was one of Xu’s most memorable victims – dropped on his backside multiple times before the referee mercifully stepped in after a few minutes. He blamed his performance on not being fed enough rice by event organizers before the fight. The judges also somehow inexplicably scored the fight as a draw last year. Perhaps that gave Ding some misplaced confidence because he got back in the ring this weekend to fight another Chinese MMA fighter nicknamed “A Hu.” On paper it seemed like an easier f
Wing chun practitioner gets knocked out in 72 seconds by MMA fighter
‘It has been my dream’: Jeremy Lin leads basketball team in China
Basketball star Jeremy Lin is relishing the chance to lead a team in China, now that he is joining the Beijing Ducks. Coming off of an NBA championship season with the Toronto Raptors, he is playing this season in the Chinese Basketball Association. It’s the first time he is playing basketball professionally in China, where he will reportedly earn $3 million for one year of playing in the Chinese league.
‘It has been my dream’: Jeremy Lin leads basketball team in China
NBA not quite out of the woods in China yet
A week into a crisis in China caused by a controversial tweet, the NBA may have found some hope for a turnaround. Online giant Tencent, the league’s exclusive streaming partner in the country, resumed live streaming NBA pre-season games on Monday, just days after it suspended streaming of exhibition games between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets. But it’s not yet business as usual for the NBA in China.  Tencent has scheduled the majority of the pre-season games to be streamed in text updates, rather than in live video, which analysts say is a sign of the murky state of the league’s future.  The bigger question awaits: Will China play the league’s regular-season games that begin
NBA not quite out of the woods in China yet
Chinese NBA fans refuse to sever ties to the league
It’s been a tough week for NBA fans in China, who feel torn between their favorite sport and expressing loyalty to their country. Days before Thursday night’s pre-season game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, many were worried the game wouldn’t happen at all.  But despite online calls for a boycott, the fans showed up, filling up the 18,000 seater Mercedes-Benz Arena, even if they were feeling emotionally conflicted about being there.  Just watching the game has become a political statement to some in mainland China, after NBA commissioner Adam Silver vowed several times to back free speech, despite enormous backlash in the country. He had been under pressure
Chinese NBA fans refuse to sever ties to the league
China’s fury at Houston Rockets spreads to wider NBA
China’s anger at the Houston Rockets has spread to the wider NBA, after remarks by the league’s commissioner, Adam Silver, went viral in the country. On Tuesday afternoon, state broadcaster CCTV, the league’s sole TV broadcaster in China, said it would drop the broadcasts of two NBA pre-season games playing in the country this week. Vivo, one of China’s top smartphone makers, announced it would suspend all partnership deals with the NBA. It had been a major sponsor. And at least seven Chinese celebrities issued statements canceling their appearances at the pre-season games between the Los Angeles Rockets and the Brooklyn Nets and other related promotional events. The @BrooklynNets take their
China’s fury at Houston Rockets spreads to wider NBA