East West sports looks at how the growing relationship between China and Australia has benefited Chinese swimmers, What rising basketball player is trying to become the next Yao Ming, How the opening rounds of the ShenZhen Open is shaping up and our top 3 picks of Chinese athletes for this week.
This week BON’s Sophia Tsang takes a break from the more physical sports and gives her brain a workout at the 2nd World Mind Games in Beijing; locals share their sports-related Christmas wishes, including one for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett; wushu tries to become an Olympic sport; and we count down the top 10 Chinese athletes of 2012.
Which country has the world’s best surfers? Riders go board-to-board in China to find out; American sports fans are gearing up for this weekend’s Super Bowl – and Chinese fans are too; we profile a 21-year-old boxer-turned-delegate; and Beijingers lament over Li Na’s unlucky Australian Open loss.
In this week’s episode Ian horses around at the 2012 Longines Beijing Masters equestrian event; we ask locals what they think of the Stephon Marbury statue that was erected in front of the MasterCard Arena; we analyze the richest Chinese sports teams – and how they compare to some of the wealthiest teams in the U.S.; and the Women’s Boxing World Championships swing into the coast of China.