Best view of the Tiger? Join the People’s Liberation Army

November 10, 2009

PLA soldiers watch Tiger Woods of the U.S. as he plays on the green of the fourth hole during the final round of the 2009 HSBC Champions golf tournament in Shanghai

The huge galleries following the final round match-up between Tiger Woods (“Laohu” to the locals) and Phil Mickelson at the WGC-HSBC Champions last Sunday made life uncomfortable for player and spectator alike on a humid day in Shanghai.

Robredo makes friends in Shanghai

October 16, 2009

Tommy Robredo gestures to fans after losing a point in ShanghaiReuters photographer Aly Song caught Tommy Robredo making this gesture to the crowd during a third round defeat to compatriot Rafa Nadal at the Shanghai Masters on Thursday.

Taiwan revels in baseball revenge

August 4, 2009

A photo caption by Taiwan’s Central News Agency on Tuesday says it all: “Taiwan gets revenge.”

from Changing China:

China’s infertile ground for (some) Western sports

July 30, 2009

Soccer is in a tight spot in China -- literally. Huge crowds roar for Manchester United but the national team is a laughing stock at 108th in FIFA world rankings. Poor coaching, lack of grassroots development, even corruption and violence are variously cited as reasons for the sport's demise. But the real reason may be more basic: the fact of physical space, or the lack thereof, in China.

Breaking news: Yao Ming to have surgery, will miss whole of 2009-10 season

July 17, 2009

yaomingHouston Rockets’ Chinese center Yao Ming is to undergo surgery on his foot injury and has been ruled out for the whole of next season.

World Games proves a tough sell for Taiwan

May 22, 2009

world-gamesAfter the globe giggled at Athens in 2004 for letting swathes of Olympics seats go empty, organisers of the far more obscure 2009 World Games in equally obscure Taiwan are doing whatever it takes to pack the venues for such unlikely events as billiards and beach handball. Tug-of-war, anyone?

English shuttlers falter in bid to overtake China

May 12, 2009

Lin Dan

Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy made what looked like a highly optimistic prediction last month when he said he thought Britain could eventually overtake China as the dominant power in badminton.

World Games bring spotlight to southern Taiwan

April 3, 2009

2008 was undoubtedly China’s year in the limelight, thanks to the Beijing Olympics. But this year, China’s longtime political and diplomatic rival Taiwan gets the World Games

Ice cold in Heilongjiang

March 1, 2009


Last week I went up to Harbin to check out the Winter University Games, which the city is hoping will act as a springboard to a bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics.