Jonathan White

Hong Kong

Jonathan White

Senior Production Editor, Sport

Formerly of the South China Morning Post, Jonathan White has written about sport from China for nearly 15 years, and covered the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the Fifa World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. As well as his writing – on sport and beyond – featuring in global outlets, he also often appears on international television, radio and podcasts.

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Has Hollywood revived moustaches? From Top Gun’s Miles Teller to Chris Evans in The Gray Man and Jason Sudeikis’ Ted Lasso, they are everywhere

Moustaches appear to be back in vogue, worn by Miles Teller’s character in Top Gun: Maverick and Chris Evans’ baddie in The Gray Man, and by sportsmen from the NFL, the NHL and PGA.

Moustaches appear to be back in vogue, worn by Miles Teller’s character in Top Gun: Maverick and Chris Evans’ baddie in The Gray Man, and by sportsmen from the NFL, the NHL and PGA.

29 Aug 2022 - 6:15PM
What is blokecore? Soccer shirts, Adidas sneakers – think British working men in the 1990s – with fans in Rihanna, A$AP Rocky

Soccer shirts, jeans and Adidas sneakers – these are the core tenets of blokecore, a fashion look sweeping TikTok and other social media. It is not, however, a new look.

Soccer shirts, jeans and Adidas sneakers – these are the core tenets of blokecore, a fashion look sweeping TikTok and other social media. It is not, however, a new look.

27 Jul 2022 - 4:15PM
Review | Video game Stray, set in Hong Kong’s former Kowloon Walled City, in which you play a cat dodging danger, is a cyberpunk delight

Announced seven years ago, Stray is finally available to play, and the wait was worth it. Navigate the perils of a dystopian Hong Kong, talk to robots or just goof around being a cat – this game is a delight.

Announced seven years ago, Stray is finally available to play, and the wait was worth it. Navigate the perils of a dystopian Hong Kong, talk to robots or just goof around being a cat – this game is a delight.

21 Jul 2022 - 1:05PM
How Nike and Adidas collabs with Gucci, Prada, Jacquemus and other high-fashion houses mark a new battleground for sportswear’s biggest rivalry

Nike and Adidas have gone all guns blazing into high-fashion collaborations with brands including Gucci, Jacquemus, Balenciaga, Prada and Louis Vuitton, but is it already too much?

Nike and Adidas have gone all guns blazing into high-fashion collaborations with brands including Gucci, Jacquemus, Balenciaga, Prada and Louis Vuitton, but is it already too much?

22 Jul 2022 - 11:28PM
35 years of the Nike Air Max 1, the Air Max 97’s silver jubilee – Air Max Day 2022 is bigger than most

March 26 is Air Max Day – the day sneakerheads celebrate Nike’s most famous sports shoe line. This year sees the anniversary of the original Air Max 1, the Air Max 97 and the groundbreaking Nike Air Vapormax.

March 26 is Air Max Day – the day sneakerheads celebrate Nike’s most famous sports shoe line. This year sees the anniversary of the original Air Max 1, the Air Max 97 and the groundbreaking Nike Air Vapormax.

26 Mar 2022 - 4:56AM
World’s most popular sneakers? How Nike Air Force 1s went from the NBA to rappers’ cult kicks to being a fashion icon favourite as they turn 40

As the AF1 turns 40 we look at the history of the much-loved shoe, from its early NBA days to being a favourite of US rappers to falling in with fashion icons like Victoria Beckham.

As the AF1 turns 40 we look at the history of the much-loved shoe, from its early NBA days to being a favourite of US rappers to falling in with fashion icons like Victoria Beckham.

8 Mar 2022 - 7:15PM
Beijing 2022: the best and worst Winter Olympics outfits to look out for from Adidas, Columbia, Uniqlo, The North Face, Kim Kardashian’s Skims and more

China’s Winter Olympics team deserve a gold medal for their Anta uniforms, Team USA will be relaxing in Kim Kardashian’s Skims, and Sweden’s Uniqlo kit is the one we’re most likely to be seen wearing after the Games.

China’s Winter Olympics team deserve a gold medal for their Anta uniforms, Team USA will be relaxing in Kim Kardashian’s Skims, and Sweden’s Uniqlo kit is the one we’re most likely to be seen wearing after the Games.

4 Feb 2022 - 5:15PM
30 Year of the Tiger sneakers: from Nike and Adidas to Dior and Gucci, the best buys to look out

The best Year of the Tiger sneakers to invest your money in – 30 pairs from brands including Nike, Adidas, Dior, Balenciaga, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, New Balance and Onitsuka.

The best Year of the Tiger sneakers to invest your money in – 30 pairs from brands including Nike, Adidas, Dior, Balenciaga, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, New Balance and Onitsuka.

27 Jan 2022 - 7:37AM
Can this online sneaker store from Hong Kong compete with StockX and Goat? Sneaker Surge co-founders on their booming business and benefitting from a Chance encounter

The co-founders of online shoe store Sneaker Surge explain how business is booming, their unique edge and why they owe some of their success to Chance… the Rapper.

The co-founders of online shoe store Sneaker Surge explain how business is booming, their unique edge and why they owe some of their success to Chance… the Rapper.

17 Jan 2022 - 6:15PM
Video games set in Hong Kong, from ‘the world’s worst’ to a cyberpunk cat game to one compared to Grand Theft Auto

From ‘the world’s worst video game’ to Stray, an upcoming title where you play as a cybercity-prowling cat, here are some of the many games set in or inspired by Hong Kong.

From ‘the world’s worst video game’ to Stray, an upcoming title where you play as a cybercity-prowling cat, here are some of the many games set in or inspired by Hong Kong.

13 Jan 2022 - 7:45PM
10 of the biggest sneaker stories of 2021, from Nike cancelling its Travis Scott collab to Kanye West’s US$1.8 million Yeezys

Nike cancelled its Travis Scott collaboration, 666 pairs of ‘Satan Shoes’ were sold, and Yeezys auctioned for US$1.8 million – here are the top 10 sneaker stories of 2021.

Nike cancelled its Travis Scott collaboration, 666 pairs of ‘Satan Shoes’ were sold, and Yeezys auctioned for US$1.8 million – here are the top 10 sneaker stories of 2021.

27 Dec 2021 - 5:15PM
Qatar 2022: Guangzhou FC’s Ricardo Goulart unable to play for China until 2025, heading home

Striker going back to Brazil, media say, as he asks to terminate contract with struggling Chinese Super League side.

Striker going back to Brazil, media say, as he asks to terminate contract with struggling Chinese Super League side.

11 Nov 2021 - 4:46PM
Hong Kong Balloon League brings viral sport sensation to the city

Balloon World Cup took place in Spain last month, with backing of Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique, now the sport is coming to Hong Kong.

Balloon World Cup took place in Spain last month, with backing of Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique, now the sport is coming to Hong Kong.

11 Nov 2021 - 4:53PM
China No 1 Zhang Shuai loses WTA Finals debut with Samantha Stosur

US Open winners beaten in straight sets by fourth seeds Demi Schuurs and Nicole Melichar-Martinez in Guadalajara

US Open winners beaten in straight sets by fourth seeds Demi Schuurs and Nicole Melichar-Martinez in Guadalajara

11 Nov 2021 - 2:00PM
Wang Xinyu out of Linz singles, into doubles semis with Zheng

Chinese 20-year-old loses to Alison Riske after shocking Emma Raducanu in previous round.

Chinese 20-year-old loses to Alison Riske after shocking Emma Raducanu in previous round.

11 Nov 2021 - 9:34PM
NBA nets deal to open ‘experience centres’ in China with Harves, extends Migu partnership

League follows Manchester United with ‘NBA DreamCourts Preview Centres’ with Chinese real estate firm Harves despite ongoing issues keeping games off screens.

League follows Manchester United with ‘NBA DreamCourts Preview Centres’ with Chinese real estate firm Harves despite ongoing issues keeping games off screens.

10 Nov 2021 - 5:14PM
ISL 2021: Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey back in action at International Swimming League play-offs

Tokyo Olympics star set to face last year’s champions the Cali Condors for first time this season in Eindhoven semi-finals opener.

Tokyo Olympics star set to face last year’s champions the Cali Condors for first time this season in Eindhoven semi-finals opener.

10 Nov 2021 - 4:01PM
Wang Xinyu beats Emma Raducanu at Linz Open for first top 20 win

‘I thought that Xinyu played extremely well, especially the first set,’ says US Open champion as season ends with marathon match in Austria.

‘I thought that Xinyu played extremely well, especially the first set,’ says US Open champion as season ends with marathon match in Austria.

10 Nov 2021 - 10:20PM
Struggling Chinese side Hebei FC thank fans amid uncertain CSL future

‘Your existence is the greatest significance of our persistence,’ club tells supporters in Weibo post, but no guarantee they will return with Chinese Super League.

‘Your existence is the greatest significance of our persistence,’ club tells supporters in Weibo post, but no guarantee they will return with Chinese Super League.

9 Nov 2021 - 6:00PM
WTA Finals: Zhang Shuai-Samantha Stosur avoid Hsieh Su-wei-Elise Mertens in Guadalajara groups

US Open champions miss meetings with world’s top two doubles players and Czech No 1 seeds but face tough test in Mexico

US Open champions miss meetings with world’s top two doubles players and Czech No 1 seeds but face tough test in Mexico

9 Nov 2021 - 10:18PM
Former China No 1 Wang Qiang drops out of WTA Top 100, Wang Xinyu hits career high

Wang Xinyu up to career best No 106 in updated rankings ahead of facing US Open champion Emma Raducanu in Austria.

Wang Xinyu up to career best No 106 in updated rankings ahead of facing US Open champion Emma Raducanu in Austria.

9 Nov 2021 - 1:19PM
Chinese skier Eileen Gu lands world’s first double cork 1440 in Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics training

US-born teenager shares video of history making trick on Instagram with fellow slope stars offering congratulations.

US-born teenager shares video of history making trick on Instagram with fellow slope stars offering congratulations.

18 Apr 2022 - 5:23PM
Jeremy Lin says Zhang Weili ‘should win’ as UFC 268 rules Chinese social media

‘UFC 268’ clocks up 120 million reads while rematch topic sees 250 million views on Chinese social media as fans back Zhang.

‘UFC 268’ clocks up 120 million reads while rematch topic sees 250 million views on Chinese social media as fans back Zhang.

7 Nov 2021 - 6:17PM
Manny Pacquiao says Canelo Alvarez ‘just too good’ as boxing world reacts to undisputed champion

‘Boxing is in great hands,’ adds Philippines fighter as fellow boxers pay tribute to Mexican history maker.

‘Boxing is in great hands,’ adds Philippines fighter as fellow boxers pay tribute to Mexican history maker.

7 Nov 2021 - 2:33PM
Canelo Alvarez beats Caleb Plant to become undisputed super middleweight champion

Mexican unifies the belts by taking American’s IBF super middleweight title with 11th-round KO in Las Vegas.

Mexican unifies the belts by taking American’s IBF super middleweight title with 11th-round KO in Las Vegas.

7 Nov 2021 - 10:15PM
Hong Kong’s Taichi Kho runner-up to Keita Nakajima at Asia-Pacific Amateur Championshi after play-off

Second place comes after second play-off hole won by 2018 Asian Games gold medallist and world No 1 Keita Nakajima of Japan

Second place comes after second play-off hole won by 2018 Asian Games gold medallist and world No 1 Keita Nakajima of Japan

7 Nov 2021 - 12:00PM
Formula One confirms Chinese Grand Prix set for Shanghai until 2025

‘China will be restored to the calendar as soon as conditions allow,’ says Formula One boss Stefano Domenicali.

‘China will be restored to the calendar as soon as conditions allow,’ says Formula One boss Stefano Domenicali.

6 Nov 2021 - 5:09PM
UFC 268: New York Knicks tell Zhang Weili to ‘bring the belt home’ from Madison Square Garden

NBA’s New York Knicks hand Chinese former UFC champion Zhang Weili a custom jersey with No 268, as Rose Namajunas rematch at Madison Square Garden trends on Weibo.

NBA’s New York Knicks hand Chinese former UFC champion Zhang Weili a custom jersey with No 268, as Rose Namajunas rematch at Madison Square Garden trends on Weibo.

6 Nov 2021 - 1:54PM
BWF bans Chinese players for match-fixing, China Badminton Association ‘fully supports’ decision

Zhu Junhao and Zhang Bingrong suspended from all badminton-related activity until August 12, 2023 over illegal bets.

Zhu Junhao and Zhang Bingrong suspended from all badminton-related activity until August 12, 2023 over illegal bets.

6 Nov 2021 - 11:00PM
Qatar 2022: Australia’s Aaron Mooy to miss China match as Shanghai Port call him back

Socceroos schemer ‘devastated’ as Chinese Super League club recall him ahead of Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers, says coach Graham Arnold.

Socceroos schemer ‘devastated’ as Chinese Super League club recall him ahead of Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers, says coach Graham Arnold.

6 Nov 2021 - 11:00PM