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Death of ‘soccer god’ sparks nostalgia among Chinese fans
When Diego Maradona died on Wednesday, it was a moment of nostalgia for many soccer fans in China, who were reminded of childhood memories of watching the World Cup with their parents. Maradona is often mentioned as the greatest soccer player in the history of the sport. While he retired from professional-level soccer in 1997, millennials remember watching him as kids, when he played for the Argentinian national team in the 1980s and 1990s.  “When I was younger, most of my memories with my dad were sitting there watching football while my dad talked about the miraculous plays by Maradona,” a 24-year-old woman from northeastern China’s Jinlin, who wanted to be identified by her surname
The Chinese internet is roasting a tai chi ‘master’. It may be a good thing
In an attempt to defend the honor of one of China’s great martial arts, a tai chi master named Ma Baoguo became a laughing stock in China in May only to make matters worse this month during a flirtation with retirement. The 68-year-old Ma has long boasted of superb martial art skills and formidable inner strength. He told a journalist in 2017, “I can defeat opponents much bigger and heavier than me with just one finger.”  That does not appear to have been an accurate statement.  An amateur kickboxing trainer 18 years younger than Ma was selected to fight him in May. The two fought in a match broadcasted online from the eastern province of Shandong. The match followed free-form rules, which m
Should NBA exit China? Adam Silver passes the ball to US government
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said the decision of whether the league should do business in China should rest with the US government. Speaking to CNN’s Bob Costas in a Tuesday interview, Silver responded to a question about the NBA’s stance on China amid deteriorating US-China relations and allegations of widespread human rights abuses. “There are definitely trade-offs there, and somebody could say given the system of government in China, you the NBA should make a decision not to operate there,” Silver said. “I would only say that at the end of the day, I think those are decisions for our government in terms of where American businesses should operate.” As the league has shown increasing
Meet Khutulun, Mongolia’s undefeated wrestling princess who inspired Turandot
While the world rages at Disney’s live action retelling of the tale of Chinese warrior princess Mulan, the filmmaker’s focus should perhaps have been aimed on another female fighter entirely. Rather than folk fable, Mongolian warrior princess Khutulun was quite real and had the body count and fearsome reputation to prove it. She was the daughter of Kaidu Khan and great-great-granddaughter of Genghis, a cousin of Kublai Khan who would found China’s Yuan dynasty. Khutulun was a feared fighter, who battled alongside her father against Kublai Khan, protecting the nomadic Mongol lifestyle of his Chagatai Khanate against the Chinese ways adopted by Kublai’s court. Born around 1260 and raised with
Basketball is gigantic in China
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features one important number about China to give you insight into the rising power. 625 million: The number of basketball fans in China. It is no secret that China loves basketball. But just how big of a deal the sport is in the country? 625 million people call themselves fans of the sport, according to a 2018 industry report by China’s tech giant Tencent. Of that number, 143 million people in China, or slightly less than the entire population of Russia, consider themselves to be “hardcore” fans, meaning they regularly watch and play basketball.  The rest of the fans, about 482 million, are considered general fans, who enjoy basketball but play it
Taiwan baseball league reopens stadiums to fans
For the first time in this season, the Taiwanese professional baseball league is allowing fans to watch games live. The stadiums will be limited to 1,000 fans per game, but it makes Taiwan one of the few places in the world hosting live sports. 
How a coal miner became China’s first world boxing champion
Most boxers who turn professional have already spent years sharpening their skills on the amateur scene. Not China’s Xiong Chaozhong. When Xiong turned pro at the age of 23, the only grind he had come to know was pushing carts out of the coal mines for 13 cents a day, working 10-hour shifts.  He is a member of the Miao (Hmong) ethnic minority, and he started laboring at 17. He had dropped out of school to help support his family, who lived in the countryside of Wenshan, in the south of Yunnan province. But the grueling job did teach him something that helped prepare him for the rigors of the ring. “Pulling coal carts was about technique, not strength. Boxing is the same,” said Xiong in the
Michael Jordan wins trademark case in China ... sort of
Basketball legend Michael Jordan’s 8-year-long saga through the Chinese courts resulted in a partial victory for his intellectual property case against a Chinese sports brand. China’s top judicial body, the Supreme People’s Court, on March 4 found Qiaodan Sports, a company based in China’s southern Fujian province, had illegally used Jordan’s name in Chinese characters, according to the verdict. However, the court also ruled that the dribbling silhouette used as the Chinese company’s logo did not violate Jordan’s portraiture rights, meaning Qiaodan Sports could continue to use the image.   China's Supreme People's Court has handed basketball legend #MichaelJordan's brand #AirJordan a victory
2020 Tokyo Olympics postponed for one year
The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo have officially been postponed because of health concerns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he asked for a one-year postponement and the International Olympic Committee has agreed.
‘Striking’ lack of regret led to Chinese star swimmer Sun Yang’s doping ban
Chinese superstar swimmer Sun Yang paid for the “huge risk” he took in the controversial doping test that led to him being banned for eight years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The court on Wednesday published its full report into the case brought by the World Anti-Doping Agency against Sun Yang and swimming governing body Fina, with the 78-page document making for damning reading. The report is highly critical of Sun and his team for their actions from the out-of-competition test at his home in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou in September 2018 through to the end of the CAS hearing last November. On the night of testing, Sun gave a blood sample before taking issue with the cred