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 CBA has added a new twist to an old rule that limits foreign stars’ playing time and angers fans; China’s 14-year-old golf prodigy gets some reps with the big boys at the Asian Ryder Cup; T-Mac’s coach is fired after two games; Chinese national team volleyball players make 5,000 a month – yuan, not dollars; and locals lament the loss of elite Chinese coaches to foreign countries.
With smaller cities all over China trying to distinguish themselves from the rest, BON’s Howard Pan travels to one town in Jilin province that has found a way to attract elite international athletes; NBA stars continue to make their way east, including the Lakers’ newest Superman and the King himself; a host of perse events are coming to China, like Arena Football and the World Parkour Masters; and China’s Olympic gold medalists rake in handsome rewards for their achievements
In this week's episode, we take a look at one of Beijing's most promising youth sports programs, Sports Beijing. The controversy in the Chinese Super League continues as Shanghai Shenhua appoint Nicolas Anelka as their new player-manager. And we ask Beijingers what they think of the low number of Olympic athletes China is sending to London.