05.15.06

Monday Sports Briefs

Posted in 2008 Olympics, News, Sports Business, Tennis at 11:17 am by Nicole

In the news today:

Tennis: Li Na’s run in the German Open came to an end in the semifinals. She was defeated by Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-0 in her first major tournament semifinal. Petrova went on to defeat Justine Henin-Hardenne in the final, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. In the Prague Open, China’s Peng Shuai was outlasted in the semifinals by Samantha Stosur of Australia, 6-1, 6-3. There’s a full tennis report on the weekend’s tournaments at the Concord (New Hampshire, USA) Monitor Online.

Beijing 2008: The Scotsman is running an article today about the challenges Beijing faces in hosting the 2008 Olympics. It’s mostly old news – concerns about the climate, air quality, security, and doping scandals abound – but includes an interesting analysis of the British cycling team’s program for acclimating its athletes in China prior to the games. Their eventual training destination? Macau, the former Portuguese colony located an hour from Hong Kong by hydrofoil.

Sports Marketing/Motorcyle Racing: Despite many sunny predictions, sports marketing in China isn’t always a slam-dunk. An article in the English-language Shanghai Daily talks about the difficulties faced by the Chinese promoters of the MotoGP Chinese Grand Prix motorcycle race, which took place on Sunday, May 14. Reuters UK has the results of the event, won by Spain’s Dani Pedrosa.

Weightlifting: China placed second at the World Disabled Weightlifting Championships in Busan, South Korea. Scroll down a bit at the IRNA (Iran) Sports News Digest website for the details.

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