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Beijing 2022 official says athlete protests will lead to punishment

Beijing 2022 official says athlete protests will lead to…

A Beijing 2022 official said on Wednesday that any athlete behaviour that is against the Olympic spirit or Chinese rules or laws will be subject to "certain punishment", when asked about the possibility of athlete protests at next month's games. The official, speaking at a virtual briefing hosted by the Chinese Embassy in the United States, said that punshiments could include cancellation of athlete accreditation if their actions are deemed to be against the Olympic charter. Source: Reuters / Reporting by Martin Quin
No plans to suspend events in China over Peng, says ITF chief-BBC

No plans to suspend events in China over Peng,…

The president of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) told the BBC that it did not have plans to suspend events in China amid widespread concern for player Peng Shuai. The former doubles world number one made a sexual assault accusation against former Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli then disappeared from public view last month, prompting the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) to suspend its lucrative tournaments in China. ITF President David Haggerty said the sport's governing body, which oversees the Billie Jean King Cup and

Peng Shuai: Still no direct contact with Chinese player…

Chinese player Peng Shuai has still not directly been in contact with the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), which says "no amount of money" would stop it pulling events out of China. Peng, 35, made sexual assault allegations against a former China vice-premier two weeks ago. WTA chairman Steve Simon told the BBC there will be no events in China next year without proof that Peng is safe. "We cannot stand by compromises. This is a right and wrong issue," he said. The WTA
Sport-China's National Games to host spectators

Sport-China’s National Games to host spectators

CNA Organizers of the National Games in China's Shaanxi Province said they will allow spectators at the multi-sport event providing they are vaccinated against COVID-19 and test negative 72 hours before attending. The 14th edition of the National Games, which are held every four years, is expected to feature around 14,000 athletes competing in 501 events in 41 sports and are scheduled to run from Sept. 15-27. All spectators would require to produce proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours
China pulls ahead on gold medals as American Kendricks out for COVID-19

China pulls ahead on gold medals as American Kendricks…

TOKYO, July 29  - The rivalry of economic powerhouses China, Japan and the United States played out in an Olympic swimming pool on Thursday, where a world record in the women's freestyle relay put the Chinese ahead by one gold medal at the Tokyo Games. American joy at their own double gold in the pool was tempered as pole vaulter Sam Kendricks was ruled out of the Games due to a positive COVID-19 test, prompting members of the Australian athletics team to briefly
Basketball-Slovenia powers past Japan to go up 2-0

Basketball-Slovenia powers past Japan to go up 2-0

SAITAMA, July 29  - Slovenia rolled over Japan 116-81 in Olympic men's basketball on Thursday, overwhelming the heroics of Rui Hachimura for the host nation. Slovenia improved to 2-0 in the group stage, scoring more than 100 in both games. Luka Doncic, who plays for the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, led with 25 points, but he got ample help in scoring from the starting five and the bench. "That's the thing that separates Luka from other stars. Even in the NBA, he makes the
'My best caddie': Chinese Taipei golfer enlists wife for Olympic bid

‘My best caddie’: Chinese Taipei golfer enlists wife for…

TOKYO: Chinese Taipei golfer CT Pan has found an ingenious way around the "no family" rule at the spectator-free Tokyo Olympics - he employs his wife as his caddie. Pan, who has enjoyed one win on the United States PGA Tour in 2019, said on Wednesday (Jul 28) that his wife Michelle Lin could be key to a podium finish when the men's event starts at Kasumigaseki Country Club on Thursday. "Since this is the biggest event in my life, and for the
Qatar Qualifies for AFC 2023 in China after defeating Oman

Qatar Qualifies for AFC 2023 in China after defeating…

Qatar's football national team qualified for the Asia Football Championship in China in 2023, after defeating visitors Oman 1-0, in the match played Monday at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Al Sadd Sports Club. The match was part of the 8th round of Group E of the AFC World Cup qualifiers that are taking place in Doha with Qatar, Oman, India, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan all participating. Hassan Al Haydous scored the only goal of the match from a penalty kick in the 40th
China gives Li Na the 'cold shoulder' a decade on from changing tennis

China gives Li Na the ‘cold shoulder’ a decade…

SHANGHAI: A decade ago, more than 110 million people tuned in from China to watch Li Na become the first Asian-born player to win a Grand Slam singles title. But now she is rarely seen on TV or in the country's media. Her big breakthrough for Chinese and Asian tennis at the 2011 French Open was followed by a second major at the Australian Open in 2014 before Li tearfully called it quits later that year. Now 39, Li is only seen fleetingly
NBA stars urged to end China endorsements over forced labour

NBA stars urged to end China endorsements over forced…

WASHINGTON: A US congressional commission on Tuesday (Jun 1) called on American basketball stars to end endorsements of Chinese sportswear firms that use cotton grown in China's Xinjiang region, warning against complicity in forced labour they say takes place there. In a letter to the National Basketball Players Association, the chairs of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China said more than a dozen NBA players had deals with the China-based ANTA, Li-Ning and Peak sportswear firms prior to the publication of recent Western
Cheering banned as South Korea, China finally battle for Tokyo Games

Cheering banned as South Korea, China finally battle for…

SHANGHAI: After repeated postponements stretching back more than a year because of COVID-19, South Korea and China's women's football teams will finally meet on Thursday (Apr 8) for a last-ditch spot at the Tokyo Olympics. The first leg takes place in Goyang, South Korea, and the return fixture is on Apr 13 in the Chinese city of Suzhou, with a place in this summer's delayed 2020 Games up for grabs. The Olympic qualifier was first scheduled for March last year but became an
China's Jiangsu FC exit Asian Champions League after collapse

China’s Jiangsu FC exit Asian Champions League after collapse

KUALA LUMPUR: China's Jiangsu FC have withdrawn from the Asian Champions League following their financial collapse, officials said on Thursday (Mar 18), in another sign they are on the brink of being disbanded. Jiangsu won the Chinese Super League for the first time in November, but ceased operations last month after their struggling owners pulled the plug. The shock news provoked hand-wringing about the state of football in China, and prompted calls for a major rethink from top to bottom. Their Champions League

AFC Updates Dates for Asian Qualifiers for World Cup…

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) postponed the majority of the upcoming Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023. "Taking into consideration the existing travel and quarantine restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic across the Continent and following a process of close consultation with Asias Member Associations, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and FIFA have jointly agreed to postpone the majority of the upcoming Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian

Olympics: Calls grow to relocate 2022 Beijing Winter Games

With the Beijing Winter Games less than a year away, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) are looking closely at human rights abuses in China, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday as calls to move the 2022 Games continue to grow. “In regards to the Olympics, we continue to be very, very vocal in standing up for human rights around the world and calling out human rights abuses, as I have personally in the past directly with

Chen Meng the champion with first-ever Women’s World Cup…

Chen Meng (China) was crowned champion of the Dishang 2020 ITTF Women’s World Cup on Sunday 10 November 2020 in Weihai, China. The world no. 1 and top seed defeated compatriot and 3rd seed Sun Yingsha in the final (11-13, 11-6, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8) to claim the trophy at her first attempt. In doing so, Chen also became the first winner of the #RESTART series, which has delivered the return of international table tennis events after eight months of suspended activity due to the COVID-19

Qatar to Host Four-Nation Women’s T20 Competition After T10…

After the incredible success of the recently concluded Qatar T10 League, the Qatar Cricket Association (QCA), led by the Presidency of Yousef Jeham Al Kuwari, is gearing upto stage the Four-nation Twenty20 International Tournament for women from January 16 to 22.  The participating teams are China, Kuwait, Oman and hosts Qatar. The round-robin cum knock-out event will end on January 22 with the third-place play-off and the final of the Four-nation Twenty20 International Tournament will be held at the Asian Town Cricket Stadium,