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Who's hot, who's not in China Sports (Week 15)

Updated: 2012-04-12 21:54
By Yan Weijue (

Behind shuttler's comeback

Who's hot, who's not in China Sports (Week 15)

Five years ago, Huang Sui was one of China's best badminton players in women's doubles and mixed doubles. Now she has become more known for getting a salary in China, as an Australian.

The 31-year-old retired in 2007, and has been off the radar since her wedding in late 2008. But her name popped up out of the blue, on the roster of the Australian badminton team at a tournament in Sydney last week. No one knew exactly when she changed her nationality.

More peculiarly, authorities at Hunan Sports Bureau, where Huang worked before retirement, acknowledged that her salary as an athlete is still being paid regularly because she hasn't gone through the formal procedures of retirement with the bureau.

My spin: First, Hunan Sports Bureau should take the blame, which they do, as the salary scandal exposes flaws in its management. Second, Huang's sudden change in nationality may be another case for China's sports authorities to ponder over revamping the country's mode of nurturing its athletes.


Chinese chess prodigy now recognized worldwide

Who's hot, who's not in China Sports (Week 15)

China's female chess talent Hou Yifan won the 2011 Caissa Award for Women's Chess at a Presidential Board Meeting of the World Chess Federation in Russia on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old Hou had an incredible year, winning many chess tournaments both at home and board, and most important, retaining the women's World Chess title. She's already considered a threat to Judit Polgar as the best female chess player ever.


Li Na has no plans to fire her husband-coach

Who's hot, who's not in China Sports (Week 15)

I hope you all have gotten used to Li Na's yelling at Jiang Shan, who is her husband as well as coach, during and after some tennis matches. Because it seems she plans to keep it going for a while.

When asked whether she thought about hiring a foreign coach for the London Olympics, the Beijing Olympics semi-finalist rejected the suggestion with a grave look, saying, "Why do you guys keep asking such questions? Do all of you have no confidence in Jiang and my team?" She also revealed she would consider having a baby when she is done playing tennis.


S Tiger legend Du Feng retires

Who's hot, who's not in China Sports (Week 15)

After 14 years of playing for the Guangdong S Tigers, Du Feng, one of China's best basketball players at forward and CBA Finals MVP in 2001, finally took off his jersey and became the team's assistant coach.

S Tigers held a high-profile retirement ceremony for Du on April 6, inviting his teammates from both S Tiger and the national team to play in a special game as a tribute to him.

"Welcome to retirement," said Yao Ming, who retired a year ago.


Marbury to get bronze statue

Who's hot, who's not in China Sports (Week 15)

More than 1 million Chinese fans voted in favor of building a life-size statue for Stephon Marbury, who brought Beijing Ducks their first-ever CBA championship title.

The construction project of the statue, which would capture the moment of Marbury lifting the trophy, to be done by student volunteers from the China Academy of Arts, is estimated to be finished by the end of this month.

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