Welcome to East West Sports! In our first episode we look at how Li Na’s French Open victory has impacted tennis in China, some of the NBA’s best players sign in the Chinese basketball league, and we look at the funniest sports video of the week.
The recently-concluded CBA season saw an influx of NBA talent and a dominant champion, but the league still has a lot to do – starting with lengthening the 32-game season; boxing icon Zou Shiming makes his pro debut, with an estimated 300 million Chinese people tuning in; we count down the best goals from CSL Week 4 action; and Manny Ramirez’s first Chinese home run.
The last weekend of the CBA regular season witnessed a couple of gems, including a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown and a fight to the finish for No. 8 seed; Chinese fans weigh in on wrestling being dropped from the Olympic program and the strange murder case of Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius; the crackdown on corruption continues in Chinese soccer, with lifetime bans and a stripped title leading the way; and we preview Guizhou Renhe’s debut in the Asian Champions League.
In this week’s episode, BON’s Howard Pan sees hope for youth soccer in China at the Great Wall Cup; racers rip up the roads at the China Rally Championships; locals discuss how the influx of European soccer clubs into China affects local soccer; and what exactly is the modern pentathlon?