The news

Posted in General at 2:04 pm by Nicole

Catching up after a few days in Hong Kong with limited Internet access…Here are the news headlines from the last few days.

Football: Chinese commentator in spotlight for losing his cool in World Cup broadcast (English.eastday.com); Asian soccer fans looking far afield (International Herald Tribune); Tough Melbourne smash up China (Townsville Bulletin, Australia)

Basketball: Yao takes his time to recover (China Daily); NBA to distribute HIV/AIDS material in China (The Times of India)

Olympics – general news: CEO: US Lacks Clout (Miami Herald – mentions China); China prepares for success at Olympics (NDTV.com) – a story featuring the Shishahai Sports School in Beijing, the country’s most famous school for training elite athletes

Olympics – the 2008 swimming schedule: U.S. spark dawn chorus of disapproval (Times Online, UK); Sink or swim for pool events (Shanghai Daily)

Beijing Olympic Arts Festival: Beijing International Sports Film Week to open (CRIEnglish.com); Festival inspires Olympic awareness (China Daily); Great Wall gets the Olympic touch (www.stuff.co.nz – New Zealand)

More on Cuba and China: Cuba and China strengthening sports ties (ACN – Cuban News Agency)

And here are a few recent features to check out:

Everybody’s Game (Phillipine Daily Inqurier). A story about – what else? – football…Mentions the fact that the an ancient version of the game originated in China, and tracks the popularity of the sport in the Phillipines.

Blazing A Trail (Time Asia). The story of China’s aid relationship with Africa isn’t new news, but Wen Jiabao’s trip to Africa last week was the impetus for a story tracking the deep level of involvement China has in the development of the African continent, including funding sports facilities in many African countries – there’s mention of funds being offered for a sports stadium in Kenya in this piece.

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