Yi, Liu, World Cup

Posted in 2008 Olympics, Basketball, Tennis, Track and Field/Athletics at 9:23 am by Nicole

Since my last update (head hanging in shame…Osaka was wonderful but hot – which saps everyone’s energy and makes it twice as hard to get everything done), Yi Jianlian has signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, Liu Xiang won his first world championship in the 110-meter hurdles, and the women’s World Cup tournament has started in China. Not to mention the world gymnastics championships in Stuttgart where China, always a superpower, faced off against the world. There’s also the China Open (tennis) to look forward to this month, as well as the Asian IAAF track and field season, with its annual stop in Shanghai.

The tide has definitely turned – ever since the one-year-out mark to the 2008 Olympics, it’s felt like there’s a critical mass of information out there on the China sports world. That makes life busy…but also fascinating, as always, as we watch China develop into a sports superpower and experience the range of emotions and concerns that arise as the rest of the world attempts to understand China on that journey.

Following, a selection of news coverage and resources from the big events of the last few weeks – and of course, lots of information on World Cup:


FIFA Home Page
FIFA Women’s World Cup home page (English)
FIFA Women’s World Cup home page (Chinese)

China opens door to World Cup (USA Today)
Women’s World Cup Primer: Frenzy is gone, but plenty of entertainment awaits (Los Angeles Times)
Host China enters World Cup amid criticism, heavy expectations (USA Today)
U.S. women hope to get off on right foot (The Sports Network)
U.S. team is ready for the world (Washington Post)
Sawa key for Japan against the Three Lions (The Sports Network)
England: We don’t want Rolexes, just more recognition (Times Online, UK)


Liu Xiang wins world gold; Americans 2-3 (International Herald Tribune)
Liu Xiang looking for an edge from the feet up (The Guardian, UK)
Liu Xiang delighted to deal with the pressure (The Guardian, UK)
Liu Xiang taking life one hurdle at a time (The Guardian, UK)
Coach: Liu Xiang confident of winning in Osaka (Xinhua, via ChinaView)


No. 6 pick Yi Jianlian finally signs with Milwaukee Bucks (International Herald Tribune)
Yi Jianlian finally signs for Milwaukee Bucks (Reuters Canada)
Chinese center Yi Jianlian signs with Milwaukee to start NBA career (Xinhua via China View; NB: I believe Yi will be playing power forward, not center, but he’s tall enough to go either way…)


What we learned from the world gymnastics championships (Sports Illustrated)
U.S. women beat China to win gymnastics world championship (Xinhua, via Mathaba News Agency)


Draw set for 2007 China Open (Xinhua-PR Newswire, via EarthTimes.org)
Gonzales sneaks out first-round win in Beijing (The Sports Network)

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