No deal and no name as German soccer counts the cost of China backlash
A German soccer club and one of the country’s star players are feeling the heat from China.  News emerged over the weekend that Bundesliga side Cologne lost a deal with a Chinese gambling sponsor. Meanwhile, state-controlled Chinese media are still blacklisting Arsenal star and former German international player Mesut Özil. According to Cologne newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, the loss for the postponed deal was about $1.66 million.  The club did not offer comment but confirmed that the sponsors from China had withdrawn the potential deal, reported Deutsche Welle online. Cologne made headlines last month when they chose to postpone a joint academy with the Chinese soccer club Liaoning.  The
No deal and no name as German soccer counts the cost of China backlash
The man who brought the NBA to China
David Stern liked to tell the story of travelling China in 1990 when a local guide in Xian revealed her favorite team. “You know, I am a great fan of the team of the red oxen,” she told Stern and his wife, Dianne.  Cue confusion then smiles on realizing it was the Chinese translation for the Chicago Bulls. Nowadays, the whole of China knows the Zhijiage Gongniu, as they are known in Mandarin, and Stern is as more to credit for that than anyone – even their star player. “Without David Stern, the NBA would not be what it is today,” Michael Jordan, the six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls and talisman of that 1990 team, said after Stern’s death at the age of 77 on New Year’s Day. “He gu
The man who brought the NBA to China
The ‘Linsanity’ of Jeremy Lin's hairdos over the years
As Jeremy Lin tears up the Chinese Basketball Association this season for the Beijing Ducks, he’s returned to form in many ways. One of the most notable – aesthetically speaking – is his haircut. With shaved sides and a short, straight top, his Beijing styling looks somewhat similar to his hair during the “Linsanity” craze, when the Taiwanese-American first shot to fame in the NBA in 2011. Lin has long been a style icon off the court, setting trends with his fashion sense and his eclectic, sometimes controversial, hairstyles.  Here we’ve collected a definitive list of his most memorable hairdos, in chronological order. Palo Alto: The So Cal Beginnings         View this post on Insta
The ‘Linsanity’ of Jeremy Lin's hairdos over the years
Wingsuit flying tournament in China
Australian flyer Scott Paterson has emerged the victor at a wingsuit tournament in Yunnan, China. He was among 15 flyers from 11 countries who joined the three-day event. Chinese state media reported that the prize money will be donated to poor local children.
Wingsuit flying tournament in China
A piece of Chinese heritage struggles to survive
It’s 5.50am, with just a faint purple light glowing on the horizon, when a group of children aged six to 15 march diligently towards their classrooms.  At 6.15am, they begin lessons in Chinese, English and math. At 7.50am, they stop for breakfast.  There’s no time to linger, students must be clean and dressed by 8.30am, when they head upstairs to two spacious rooms on the first floor of an L-shaped building near the center of Liaoning’s provincial capital, Shenyang.  Here the real training begins. This is not academics, but acrobatics. The boys and girls prepare to bend their bodies back­wards until they can hold their legs with their hands.  “One, two, three!” instructs Wang Ying, 47, head
A piece of Chinese heritage struggles to survive
‘There are values higher than money’: German soccer club scraps China deal
German soccer club FC Cologne has pulled out of a $2 million deal to run a football academy in northeast China, as a member of the club council said they should not support “such a totalitarian and brutal dictatorship.” Cologne’s president, Werner Wolf, told the local paper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger on Wednesday that the Bundesliga club had decided not to proceed with the project. Stefan Müller-Römer, a member of the club council, told the paper: “I understand that the Federal Republic of Germany cannot get past the economic power of China completely and so there is an exchange. But we don’t need China in sports.” He also said that human rights in China were being massively disregarded and a su
‘There are values higher than money’: German soccer club scraps China deal
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
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
China vows to foster soccer talent in toddlers
China is taking soccer into 3,000 kindergartens this year as part of efforts to dominate the sport by 2050.  The Ministry of Education said this week that kindergartens will be selected to foster the country’s future soccer talents.  Two hundred kindergarten heads and 200 teachers are being trained this month by staff from England's Football Association as the first batch of specialists for the program, the ministry said. Since 2015, China has nominated more than 24,000 “football-featured schools” as part of its ambitions to become a soccer superpower. The program is now expanding the scheme to younger children.  Soccer is one of China’s most beloved sports, but despite its popularity and ma
China vows to foster soccer talent in toddlers