Liu Xiang

Chinese Olympic champion hurdler Liu Xiang mocked for dressing in Red Army uniform

Liu Xiang (centre) participated in an motivational convention held in Jinggangshan on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua

Dressed in Red Army uniforms and with clenched fists, vowing to strive hard in the 2016 Olympics, solemn-faced Olympic champion hurdler Liu Xiang and a group of athletes from the national team have attracted media attention and a barrage of online ridicule.

Monday, 4 November, 2013, 3:49pm

Lack of transparency on mainland at root of Liu Xiang conspiracy theories

Liu Xiang pulled his Achilles tendon and crashed into the first hurdle at the London Olympics. Photo: Reuters

When controversy arises on the mainland, most of us are instinctive in our reaction. We are conditioned to think in particularly ominous tones and believe there is a puppet master in Beijing who pulls the strings for 1.3 billion people. While it might be convenient, it's not necessarily the truth.

2 Sep 2012 - 4:54am

Editors in strife over report on Liu Xiang cover-up

Five editors with the Nanjing-based Oriental Guardian have been suspended over the paper's critical coverage last week of the Liu Xiang injury cover-up, a rights group and local media sources said.

29 Aug 2012 - 9:26am

Gag on Liu Xiang injury propaganda lacking even a grain of reason

Any party cadre, advertising man or spin doctor will tell you that the most successful - read insidious - propaganda is inevitably built on at least a grain of truth.

31 Aug 2012 - 1:16pm

Hong Kong media's questions for China medallists have political spin

China's gold medallists arriving at Chek Lap Kok. Photo: AFP

China's gold medallists from the London Olympics arrived in Hong Kong yesterday to a politically charged reception as the local media grilled them about national education and reports that hurdler Liu Xiang's injury was covered up.

25 Aug 2012 - 2:50am

CCTV chiefs gagged over hurdler Liu Xiang's injury at London Olympics

CCTV's Yang Jian wept on air

State television bosses on the mainland knew sporting icon Liu Xiang was seriously injured at the London Olympics, but were prevented from saying so by a government gagging order.

Millions of fans were stunned when Liu crashed to the track in agony after hitting the first barrier in his 110 metres hurdles heat.

24 Aug 2012 - 3:15am

News Digest, August 15

Warning to Japan over disputed Diaoyu Islands

Beijing will be forced to send warships to the Diaoyu Islands if Japan sends its navy to intercept Hong Kong activists heading there to claim Chinese sovereignty over the disputed territory, says an editorial in the mainland's Global Times.

Briefing on party congress fails to announce dates

15 Aug 2012 - 12:33pm

Liu Xiang starts recovery after surgery in London

Liu Xiang arrives yesterday after surgery in London.Photo: AFP

Liu Xiang arrives in Shanghai yesterday in a wheelchair after having surgery on his Achilles tendon in London. Liu suffered the injury during a 110 metres hurdles heat at the Olympic last week but says he hopes to be jogging again in two months' time. Photo: AFP

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03am

China reflects after London Olympics, sees tough road to Rio

Chinese athletes parade during the closing ceremony. Photo: Xinhua

China's sports mandarins had warned before the London Games that their athletes would struggle to match the table-topping gold medal haul they enjoyed in Beijing. They will take little comfort in being proved right.

China amassed 38 gold medals in London to reaffirm its status as a sporting superpower but finished behind the Americans, who take 46 titles back to the United States.

14 Aug 2012 - 3:01am

China stifles Olympic athletes' own drive for success

China stifles Olympic athletes' own drive for success

Sports don't interest me at all, but I made it a point to watch the agonising end, yet again, to Liu Xiang's quest for Olympic gold. Dare I discuss why I think the talented athlete couldn't deliver the medal his country so craved? I ask because, as a non-Chinese, I am sticking my neck out to where it doesn't belong.

13 Aug 2012 - 2:10pm

A bad week for ...

Liu Xiang

The hurdler whose achievements in the Athens 2004 Olympics were hailed as heralding a new era in track and field events crashed out of the London Games. In China, there was weeping, shock and anger at Liu's repeat Olympic exit, with CCTV commentator Yang Jian breaking down in tears on air. 'This is the worst result I could have imagined,' cried Yang.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:30pm

Liu's mum hopes hurdler will find love

Liu Xiang told his mother he would return to the sport he loves after undergoing surgery on his ruptured achilles tendon - but she is more interested in him finding a girlfriend.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:27pm

Liu's plight a mark of China's gold obsession

'Please pay attention to Chinese track and field. I think we Chinese can unleash a yellow tornado on the world.' This illustrious line, engraved in the annals of sporting history, was spoken at the 2004 Athens Games by a jubilant Liu Xiang after he became the first Chinese man to win an Olympic gold in the 110-metres hurdles.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm

Call for revamp of sports

Media across the mainland yesterday called for an overhaul of the way national sports are run.

Officials were obsessed with winning gold medals, commentators said, and intense pressure and commercial interests were to blame for pushing former Olympic champion Liu Xiang too hard, despite his injuries.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:14pm

Liu had been nursing ankle before big race

Superstar hurdler Liu Xiang had been suffering pain from an ankle injury in the build-up to the London Olympics, it was revealed after China's biggest athletic hope crashed out of the men's 110 metres hurdles for the second consecutive Games.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:10pm