Given that President Xi Jinping is the country’s No 1 soccer fan, with his heart set on seeing China qualify for the World Cup, hosting one and winning one, it is no surprise that the development of soccer figures prominently in the plan. Photo: Reuters
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China plan gives all a sporting chance

  • Future elite will rise to surface thanks to natural talent, rather than by officials picking “winners” to be nurtured in rigid state sports system

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Given that President Xi Jinping is the country’s No 1 soccer fan, with his heart set on seeing China qualify for the World Cup, hosting one and winning one, it is no surprise that the development of soccer figures prominently in the plan. Photo: Reuters
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