08.22.06

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)

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And elsewhere in the China sports universe…

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

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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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