Li Jiaqi and Li Ziqi became Internet celebrities through different paths, but both of them are examples of a new era in the Chinese wanghong (Internet celebrity) economy.
Chinese swimmers have a history of doping violations. Though the Chinese doping control center was instituted in the 90s, Chinese sports were already under the shadow of drug use.
On October 24th, FIFA confirmed that China will host the inaugural edition of the newly expanded 24-team Club World Cup in 2021.
Before Evergrande won its first title in 2013, the best performance of Chinese clubs in the Champions League was a semi-final appearance, which both Dalian Shide and Shenzhen FC managed in 2003 and 2005 respectively. Chinese football has since entered a dark period.
On September 25th, Chinese Athletics Association (CAA) Vice Director Wang Nan was elected a council member at the 52nd International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) congress in Doha. Although she is the first Asian woman for this position, she is not the first Chinese to occupy a key role in international sports organizations.
Evidently, Jay Chou has been accompanying a generation of Chinese folks throughout the entire period of their teenage life.
When the lights came on and audiences started pouring out of the theater, it is clear that most of them are Chinese speakers.
After losing to Nigeria 86-73 in the last FIBA World Cup game, China lost the lone Asian Olympic qualifying spot available in the World Cup. Yao Ming, the most successful Chinese basketball legend and current Chinese Basketball Association chairman, frowned and cried.
Now Chinese audiences showed more tolerance, support and encouragement to athletes not only for their victories but also for their personalities.
The conflicts in the swimming community went beyond the personal tensions between Sun Yang and Mack Horton. Instead, it was a debate about the anti-doping ecosystem of swimming competitions.
This summer is a dreamy season for Chinese football fans. The Premier League Asia Trophy returned to the mainland of China after 10 years, in which four teams from Premier League, including the defending champions Manchester City, were competing in Shanghai and Nanjing.
Chinese women’s football once brought a lot of pride and honor to its supporters. In 1999, China historically made it to the World Cup final. Although China lost to the USA in the final by a single penalty kick, fans still nicknamed those women “Steel Roses” for their iconic performances.
After years of controversy, Chinese football finally took its first step towards normalizing naturalization on the national team level. However, the discussion has not ended yet. People are still unsure whether naturalization can bring hope to this hopeless football country.