from Changing China:

Does soccer belong at the Olympics?

August 23, 2008

Messi

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he does not see any need to change the format of the Olympic soccer tournament, which is restricted to under-23 teams and allows each to field up to three overage players.

from Changing China:

Spare a thought for He in gymnastics row (Update)

August 23, 2008

He KexinWhatever the results of the investigation into the date of birth of He Kexin, China's double Olympic gold medallist, I hope we don't lose sight of the fact that even in the event of any subterfuge the gymnast herself would not be the one to blame.

from Changing China:

A costly kick to the head

August 23, 2008

A kick to the head

Cuba's Angel Valodia Matos was banned for life from taekwondo on Saturday after he kicked the match referee in the head in his bronze medal bout.

from Changing China:

Beijing’s favourite Olympic happy snap

By Sean Maguire
August 23, 2008

Holding the torchRemember those jolly tourist pictures you took of yourself in Italy where you were pretending to prop up the leaning tower of Pisa? Here's the Beijing equivalent.

from Changing China:

China assured of first place in medals table

August 23, 2008

Zhang YiningThere's been a lively discussion, here and elsewhere, about which version of the medals table is a better way of ranking countries' achievements at the Olympics.

from Changing China:

Beijing Games: picture of the day

August 22, 2008

combo shot

Rickey Rogers writes: A combination photograph as Germans Christian Gille and Thomasz Wylenzek crash into a buoy after winning silver in the C2 1000 m final, gets the vote of Picture of the Day.

from Changing China:

Is this the most fun you can have on two legs?

August 22, 2008

Bolt fliesJamaica's sprinters have pulled off a remarkable trick at the Beijing Games by making running look like the most enjoyable thing you can do standing up.

from Changing China:

A weird and wonderful water ballet

August 22, 2008

synchronised swimming

When I told my editors I wanted to cover synchronised swimming at the Olympics they laughed. When I said it again they looked slightly embarrassed, like I was pushing a bad joke too far.

from Changing China:

Beijing Games: picture of the day

August 21, 2008

Heavy horse

This is one of those pictures that really makes you wish we had a caption competition.

from Changing China:

Too much, too young for Olympic gymnasts?

August 21, 2008

Cheng FeiThe more I watch the women's gymnastics competitions the more I'm torn between amazement at the athleticism on display and horror at what can seem at times like cruel and unusual punishment.