Lots of Links

Posted in General at 11:47 am by Nicole

Tons of news links today – and some catch-up links from the past two weeks, so let’s get to it:

The Christian Science Monitor has an article on China’s development, the resulting unrest in many parts of the country, and the government’s attempts to retain stability – good background for marketers who want to understand the culture and its link to the political climate here.

From the IAAF, news of Australia’s team for the upcoming track and field junior world championships in Beijing in August, and a report on the IAAF Race-Walking Challenge event held in Yangzhou last weekend. Chinese women took the top twelve places in the event, while the surprise winner on the men’s side was 16-year-old Li Gaobo.

Scroll down a bit in this report from the Sunday Tribune Sport (South Africa) to read a short piece about embattled Chinese diver Tian Liang, who is still in exile from the Chinese national team, ostensibly for taking on too many endorsement responsibilities after his Olympic successes.

The Star (Malaysia) reports on the Asian Football Confederation’s attempts to curb illegal football-related gambling in China.

Also from The Star, check out this report on Malaysia’s men’s badminton team as they depart for the Thomas Cup Finals in Japan, and a piece on how Chinese qigong is experiencing a revival around the world.

There’s more on football from CRIEnglish.com, which reports that AFC president Mohamed bin Hammam was to meet with Liu Peng, China’s sports minister, yesterday in Beijing. China is hosting the AFC/CFA (China Football Association) Development Conference starting today in Qingdao.

In sports marketing, an article from the Houston Chronicle reports on Sports-Stuff, a company that will be distributing World Cup-related electronic content through SMS and other electronic media to customers in many Asian countries, including China, during the World Cup event in Germany.

Also in sports business, the SportAccord 2007 conference is due to be held in Beijing next April.

A brief report from the Vietnam News Agency re[prts that Vietnam will be hosting the qualifying competitions for the 2008 Olympics in Tae Kwon Do for the Asia Zone.

The BMW Asian Open golf tournament wrapped up in Shanghai on Sunday – check out the Sports Network’s European PGA Golf page for a report on the event, which was televised live on CCTV-5 in China.

Finally, the People’s Daily has published a few photos online from the recent China International Sports Exhibition in Chengdu, which included a performance by the Houston Rockets cheerleaders and an appearance by former NBA star Clyde Drexler.

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