China Sports Weekly (7:24-7:30 a.m.)-Xinhua
BEIJING, July 30 (Xinhua) — Here are the latest Chinese sports headlines from last week:
1. Chinese cultural elements will feature in esports events at the Asian Games Hangzhou 2022
A photo taken on July 26, 2022 shows the SPARK Global E-sports Conference hall in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province. (Photo courtesy of Tencent)
While esports is set to make its first appearance as a medal event at the Asian Games Hangzhou 2022, Chinese cultural elements will be included in the Asian games version Arena of Valor, Tencent Games has confirmed.
Under the guidance of the Hangzhou 2022 Organizing Committee and local authorities, the Arena of Valor Asian Games version will incorporate scenic spots, landscapes and cultural relics of the host city of Hangzhou, as well as other elements of the Asian Games, according to Zhang Yijia, general manager of Tencent’s Timi Esports Center.
2. China draw with Japan to end East Asian Football League
Seike Kiko (1st L) of Japan vies with Song Duan of China during their 2022 East Asian Football Federation match at Kashima Football Stadium in Kashima, Japan, July 26, 2022. (Xinhua /Zhang Xiaoyu)
China’s women’s national soccer team drew 0-0 with Japan in the closing match of the East Asian soccer championship on Tuesday in Kashima, Japan.
Thus, Japan won the 2022 East Asian Football Championship with two wins and one draw, while China finished second with one win and two draws.
3. China adjust roster ahead of European tune-up for FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers
Zhou Qi (2nd R) of China in action during their FIBA Asia Cup 2022 quarter-final match in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Zulkarnain)
The Chinese men’s basketball team have adjusted their squad ahead of traveling to Europe ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers.
China, who ended their FIBA Asia Cup campaign by losing their quarter-final to Lebanon on July 20, stayed in Jakarta, Indonesia until July 24. The team is due to leave for Europe on Monday for its next phase of training.
The team will train in Spain and France and play warm-up matches, before traveling to Kazakhstan at the end of August for their FIBA Basketball World Cup Asia qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Bahrain.
The team announced that Zhai Xiaochuan, Fan Ziming, Gao Shiyan, Ren Junwei, and Zhao Rui will not be traveling to Europe.
4. Interview: Wang’s win in Oregon reminds US coach Huntington of Powell’s 1991 world record
Chinese gold medalist Wang Jianan celebrates winning the men’s long jump at the 2022 World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, Oregon, United States, July 17, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)
If there is a “Randy Ranking” for all of his star-studded followers, US track and field coach Randy Huntington says newly crowned Wang Jianan should be ranked third, behind world record holders Mike Powell and Willie Banks.
Wang, who was coached by Huntington for seven years, claimed China’s first-ever world championship title in the field events last Saturday, claiming victory in the men’s long jump final with his final attempt at 8.36 meters.
“He’s probably third,” Huntington said in an interview with Xinhua. “That would be Mike in 8.95 and Banks in 18.20.” Powell and Banks respectively set world records in the long jump and triple jump under his tutelage. Six of its athletes have placed in the top ten all-time in the United States in their respective events.■