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  1. Political goals may be behind Zhu Jun's big-money signings

    Posted Jun 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... led the way in signing former Chelsea strikers Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba. The contracts offered to the two stars were reportedly worth a combined US$70 million- probably more than 46-year-old Zhu's personal net worth. His share of the Nasdaq-listed online game company he founded, The9, is now valued at less than US$40 million. Two people close to Zhu say he has admitted ...

  2. Politics on cards- but not just yet

    Posted Jan 06th 2004, 12:00am by Noel Prentice

    ... she's the next governor of Colorado. 'The politics thing was blown out of proportion. I said one day I might get involved and the next thing I know it's next year. People were going 'I hear you are running' and I'm like, 'What?' I said one day, not next year, or as soon as I retire.' But the respected Czech-born US citizen will not be satisfied ...

  3. Olympics a political test for Beijing

    Posted Mar 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference meetings, it remains unclear whether delegates will be able to get satisfactory answers to requests for an updated estimate ... clear. The Beijing Evening News was punished in 2005 for quoting an uncensored Bocog document which adjusted the operating cost of the 2008 Games from the US$1.6 billion mentioned during the bid ...

  4. Political games

    Posted Apr 16th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... in the torch relay for these 'non-political' Games. Thus, large sums are spent on hosting equestrian events, despite the almost non-existent local participation in the sport. To enable Mr ... that this was not an ancient Greek institution; it was invented for Hitler's Berlin Games of 1936, the apogee of racist nationalism thinly disguised as sport. The most blatant politicisation was the US boycott ...

  5. Olympic politics and the 'known unknowables'

    Posted Aug 10th 2007, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... by business or political considerations. Like many grandiose claims, this one is, of course, complete nonsense. The anxieties of Emperor Theodosius have persisted in various forms for practically ... war and the mass boycott by the west of the Moscow Games in 1980. But there are also examples of where the Games provided an opportunity for positive political progress, as they did in Sydney ...

  6. State press attacks US groups that tie Olympics to Darfur

    Posted Feb 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'expose' yesterday on the background of some Darfur-focused organisations. A week after US movie director Steven Spielberg withdrew from preparations for the Games, citing Darfur as a reason, ... say in international affairs or a better international reputation.' Mr Liu was quoted as saying that these anti-Olympics organisations, mostly US-based, were 'only waving the banner ...

  7. Lack of gun control in the US affects people all over the world

    Posted May 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I am responding to the letter by Carlton Cash, 'No serious political talks on gun control' (April 22), as I believe that his message is misguided, for several reasons. First of all, many places and people, especially those in Hong Kong, are aware that US courts continue to interpret the constitution in such a way as to perpetuate the ready sale of firearms. Yet to say ...

  8. Sport - Soccer - OLYMPICS

    S Korea coach unhappy with Olympic officials' handling of political row

    Posted Aug 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Reuters SKorea player 'deserves to get medal' The South Korean player banned from collecting his bronze medal at the London Olympics for waving a placard with a political message deserves to receive his medal, coach Hong Myung-bo said yesterday. Hong slammed the handling of the row, which erupted after Park Jong-woo held up a sign referring to a territorial dispute between ...

  9. Chan overcomes jitters to stay the course

    Posted Sep 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay in Macau alvin.sallay@scmp.com Man and nature tried to impede Chan Yih-shin but the happy-go-lucky Taiwanese was unstoppable as he completed a wire-to-wire Macau Open victory yesterday. Chan shot his worst round of the week, a two-under-par 69, but it was enough to give him a three-shot victory over Australian David Gleeson and see him take home US$118,875. It wasn't ...

  10. Chan has every reason to smile as pulls ahead

    Posted Sep 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay in Macau alvin.sallay@scmp.com A smile is never far from the face of Taiwanese Chan Yih-shin and his positive attitude paid off yesterday as he shot a second-round 67 to take a one-shot lead at the halfway mark of the Macau Open. Yesterday the 35-year-old's smiles were wider than ever after grabbing sole ownership of the lead at the US$750,000 tournament. 'Well, ...




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