Huang Jianxiang, the CCTV sports commentator who resigned on Thursday in the
face of mounting pressure over comments he made while covering this summer's
World Cup finals, is planning to counter rumours surrounding his departure by
answering a series of questions on his blog.
He has invited the public to vote on the eight questions by logging on to his
official blog at blog.tom.com.
Though the 38-year-old is
widely regarded as the best soccer presenter in China, he caused an uproar this
summer after delivering a pro-Italy outburst during this summer's World Cup
China's well-know sportscaster Huang
made the offending comments during a match between Italy and Australia, when he
said, "long live Italy" and "I don't like Australia's soccer team."
The commentator lost his cool as the matched ended, shouting "Goal! Game
over! Italy wins! Beat the Australians!"
He followed this with "Italy the great! Forza Italia!"
In response to these comments, Huang was dropped from the CCTV top-10 anchors
Though Huang later apologized for his comments, the backlash was unavoidable.
The media followed his every move, and netizens stitched together short audio
and video pieces making light of his outburst.
"I am under great pressure because some malicious members of the media have
made up fake, shocking 'exclusive news' about me," Huang wrote in his
He said his life has been ruined by the egao - a subculture that uses the
Internet to spread subversive jokes.
Huang also announced that he had a problem with his cervical vertebra and
needed a break from his punishing schedule, which included coverage of over 200
live matches every year.
CCTV sports director Jiang Heping told Beijing Youth Daily that Huang's
resignation was a personal decision and had nothing to do with his enthusiastic
commentating during the World Cup.
Jiang said the decision would benefit neither CCTV nor Huang and urged the
media to soften their criticism of the commentator.
However, speculation suggesting other possible reasons for Huang's sudden
resignation has been rife since he announced his decision.
Some commentators have hinted that another CCTV sports commentator had
written a letter accusing Huang of unethical behaviour, such as socializing
while he was supposed to be on sick leave.
Still, many netizens have come out in support of Huang, posting messages in
favour of his unique style.
"Huang's passionate comments have inspired many Chinese soccer fans and even
those who did not watch soccer before. We support you!" read one post on QQ.com
"Without Huang Jianxiang, CCTV-5 (sports channel) will lose a lot of audience
members like me," wrote another person posting on QQ.com forum.
Nearly three-quarters of the people responding to an online survey at
Sports.QQ.com said they supported Huang's decision to resign from China's
biggest television station, saying that CCTV was no longer suitable for him.
Only 12 per cent of those surveyed said they had stopped listening to Huang
after his emotional outburst.
Huang also made headlines recently after being linked to super girl-winner
Zhang Liangying following his divorce.