Sport in China

Pressure to reform mounts on China sports system

Foreign-coached Li Jinzhe's winning long jump at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai.

As the focus shifts to China's next showcase sporting event, the 2015 World Athletics Championships in the capital, experts say that less intense foreign coaching schemes yield better results than the gruelling state training regimes.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 8:55am

'Super Dan' returns after break of eight months

Lin Dan

Lin, arguably the sport's greatest player, has not hit a shuttlecock competitively since last year's Olympic final, apart from playing - and losing - a farewell exhibition match against retiring Danish great Peter Gade in December.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:43am

Not in China to fix Super League's image, Beckham says

Former England captain David Beckham poses for pictures with a student after a soccer game at a middle school in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

David Beckham played down expectations he can improve the battered image of the mainland game as officials yesterday unveiled him as the sport's ambassador in the country.

21 Mar 2013 - 4:39am

Mend it like Beckham: but what will soccer superstar actually do for Chinese football?

Illustration: Brian Wang

He has formed attacking partnerships with some of the greatest players to ever grace a soccer field throughout his illustrious career. Now veteran star David Beckham has raised millions of Chinese eyebrows and a few wan smiles by lining up alongside the Beijing government to overhaul China's wretched soccer scene - but what exactly is he going to do and what is it hoped he will achieve?

21 Mar 2013 - 8:51am

China's Hu takes first step towards Olympic dream

Chinese golfer Hu Mu in action during a practice round at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open in Yangon yesterday. Photo: SCMP

Hu Mu, touted as the next great Chinese hope, is tipped by many to feature in the Olympics when golf makes a return to the Games in three years' time. But the tenacious Hu knows he must take it one step at a time as he prepares his long march.

21 Feb 2013 - 6:08am

Pressure mounts on Camacho after China defeat

Coach Camacho

Jose Antonio Camacho has come under increasing pressure after China crashed out of World Cup qualifying and lost four friendlies since June last year, including an 8-0 drubbing by Brazil. They won just once.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:38am

Tennis star Li Na targets new Hong Kong Open next year

Li Na

The Hong Kong Open will be staged from September 8 next year, a week after the US Open finishes in New York - a fact that will increase the chances of local fans seeing Li in action. The Hong Kong event has been given "International" status by the Women's Tennis Association, which places it one rung below the organisation's top-level "Premier" events, which in turn sit below the grand slams.

1 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

Short Sport, January 17, 2013

A new tournament in China is among the highlights of the 28-event LPGA 2013 schedule announced this week. 

17 Jan 2013 - 2:27am

Li Xuerui beats Wang Shixian in final to win World Super Series title

Chen Long prepares to make a shot on his way to victory over Du Pengyu in the men's singles final in Shenzhen. Photo: Xinhua

China's Li Xuerui underlined her status as the world's top player by thrashing compatriot Wang Shixian 21-9, 15-4 in the women' singles final of the World Super Series yesterday.

17 Dec 2012 - 4:43am

Second Guangzhou Marathon runner dies

Guangzhou Marathon 2012. Photo: Xinhua

A second runner who participated in a portion of the Guangzhou Marathon has died, succumbing on Monday night after being in a coma for eight days at a local hospital.

28 Nov 2012 - 3:46am

Volleyball coach suspended for alleged sexual harassment

Shanghai's sports authority has ordered the suspension of an assistant coach with the city's professional women's volleyball team for alleged sexual harassment and told him to apologise to the players involved.

16 Nov 2012 - 5:13am

UFC makes China debut and all hell breaks loose

China's Zhang Tiequan is under a tight choke hold in his defeat by Jon Tuck. Photo:

Bruce Lee might have finished it off with just one kick. But then the father of mixed martial arts was something special, or at least made to appear so by the world of celluloid. There was no such luck for the fighters in yesterday's 10-card UFC Macau bust-up at The Venetian's Cotai Arena.

12 Nov 2012 - 6:47pm

Japanese barred from Beijing marathon in 'safety measure'

Competitors running the 2004 marathon in Beijing. Photo: AP

Organisers of the Beijing Marathon have barred Japanese runners from taking part due to safety concerns after a fresh flare-up in a territorial dispute between Japan and China, a report said yesterday.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:36am

China says no to rugby at Tianjin East Asian Games

The Chinese National Olympic Committee has turned down a request by the Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) to include sevens in next year's East Asian Games in Tianjin.

10 Nov 2012 - 3:09am

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