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  1. Long march to London: will Mao's poems inspire volleyball team?

    Posted May 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Raymond Li Can Mao Zedong's poetry rekindle the fighting spirit of the Chinese women's volleyball team in time for next year's London Olympics? The team, with only five ... course on some of Mao's poems, the China Volleyball Association said on its website. The study and reading of the poems represent another sign of a revived push for 'red culture' ...

  2. Carrying the full weight of a nation's great expectations

    Posted Aug 08th 2007, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... Martin Zhou A girl from Mao's home town is hoping to capture the first gold Yang Lian prides herself on being born in the same town as Chairman Mao- though 88 years after the man who ... to capture a gold on home soil and kick-start what might be an unprecedented haul. 'I would paint Chairman Mao's portrait on my forehead if I earn the chance to compete in the Beijing ...

  3. Sporting premier wins over Japanese

    Posted Jun 04th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... While sport has been used to stir up national rivalries, it has also helped ease strained relations. The famous ping-pong diplomacy between China and the United States in the 1970s heralded a thaw in Sino-US ties. The two nations have had a frosty relationship since Mao Zedong 's Communist Party came to power in 1949. In 1971, the US table tennis team was invited ...

  4. Hard hitters

    Posted Jun 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... also achieved international recognition. Ironically, the country's political leaders today are not as well known as their predecessors. Mao Zedong led for decades until his death. Now, ...

  5. first person

    Posted Jun 17th 2004, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... in 1972 when I served in Macau with the Portuguese army. It was a very small city in that time - it was too quiet. It was the time of Mao Zedong and you felt a lot of that influence in Macau. You could go into Chinese libraries at that time and you could find all kind of books about politics and Mao Zedong that you couldn't find in Portugal - books that were forbidden in Portugal. ...

  6. Whole new ball game

    Posted Sep 09th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of officials and 10 journalists received a personal invitation by chairman Mao Zedong. It was a trip of almost no sporting significance, but it shook the world as the first hesitant public contact ... the sports federation in Beijing asked for permission to play at the 31st world table tennis championships in Japan. Mao's answer was yes, and 64 players were on their way. In Nagoya, Chinese ...

  7. Thorpe intends to realise unfulfilled aims in Beijing

    Posted Oct 28th 2004, 12:00am by Al Campbell

    ... I have done that yet.' Thorpe, who fielded questions from the Chinese media on such diverse subjects as Chairman Mao Zedong to his 'it' clothing line, said he was confident ...

  8. Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 1895-2008

    Posted Apr 20th 2008, 12:00am by Clifford Coonan

    ... leaders have focused on the powerful political platform the event provides. The manner in which Chairman Mao Zedong chose table tennis as a way of signalling China's intentions to end years ...

  9. Sponsors' big chance

    Posted Apr 04th 2008, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... or a strongly worded statement attacking the Sudanese government over Darfur. There has been none of that; instead, the same tired old tactics of foreign media suppression, rhetoric from the Mao Zedong ...

  10. Brazilian theme packs them in at Ivy Ball

    Posted Jun 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... on the east coast,' said Debra Mao, co-chairwoman of the ball. ...




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