Olympic test events beginning

Posted in 2008 Olympics, Basketball, Track and Field/Athletics at 11:07 am by Nicole

Call Beijing the anti-Athens. Venues are up and running, and official Olympic test events are beginning two years out from the big day. The world junior track and field championships went off without a hitch this past week with decent weather, a not-too-scary pollution index, and slews of personal bests and championship records.

This week in Qingdao it’s the test event in Olympic sailing. Still to come this month: the world softball championships.

First test event for 2008 under way in Qingdao (Reuters)

Record medal haul offers hope (People’s Daily Online – coverage of the Chinese team at world junior track and field)

Future looks bright for China after world juniors (Guardian UK)


And elsewhere in the China sports universe…

China’s top talent stays home from Pan-Pacific swimming championships (SLAM! Sports)


And who can forget the world basketball championships, which began Saturday in Japan?

Yao sees improvement of China from huge loss (People’s Daily Online)

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