For soccer/football/è¶³çƒ fans who just didn’t get enough last year, China will be hosting the women’s World Cup later this year. Guangzhou is currently hosting an early warm-up tournament, the Four Nations Tournament, and the AP has the story. The marquee matchup is, of course, China versus the U.S.
The People’s Daily (English edition) has posted a long article detailing the results of Monday’s competition at the Asian Games. Check out the article links on the right side of the page for much more on the results of the competition.
The Asian Winter Games have officially begun in Changchun, China. The New York Times, via Reuters, has the story. (Note that Times articles become part of the “Times Select” archive after one week.) The article notes that this is the last multi-sport international sporting event to be held in China prior to the 2008 Olympics.
One of my dear friends from graduate school has been blessed in the time since graduation with The World’s Cutest Daughter. She is amazing. Movie-star looks (for a one-and-eight-months-year-old, at least), fine blond hair, pouty lips, and the most adorable way of using a three-word phrase to denote the future, present, and past tenses of anything she happens to be doing at the moment. Dad (my friend) has a blog on which he posts photos and videos of The Cute One. And I always bug him about updating it more often, because there are just times when you need your daily dose of cute toddlers to be able to deal with the world at large.
Now, I’m not saying that the China Sports Blog is anything like the World’s Cutest Daughter blog (not its real name, of course), in terms of fan support or clamoring for updates. But I just wanted to acknowledge that if you’re frustrated that it’s been over a month since my last post, I concur – that’s not a good thing. Luckily, now that I really (really really) have a home and a place to rest my weary head at night, it’s way easier to update the blog on a regular basis.
So, a shoutout to my friend in Marin: update that baby blog pronto! I need more photos and stories of The Cute One.
On to the news…
Kwan in China: Michelle Kwan is traveling with Karen Hughes, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, through China this week. The official government announcement of her trip can be found here. The Associated Press filed this report about one of Kwan’s visits to a Beijing school this week.
China’s 2008 preparations: Liu Peng, president of the Chinese Olympic Committee, is warning that Chinese athletes are not yet ready to compete for the top spot in the medal count in 2008, according to this report by Eurosport. Scroll to the bottom of the report for lots of other links to interesting Olympic-themed stories, including the rehearsal of the torch relay…to the top of Mount Everest.
Doping: It’s been widely reported, but here’s a link to one of many stories about the increase in the number of doping tests at the 2008 Olympics. From 3500 in Athens to 4500 in Beijing – here’s hoping that that translates to a cleaner competition.