China Sports Weekly (8.21-8.27)-Xinhua

BEIJING, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) — Here are the latest Chinese sports headlines from last week:

1. China’s Zhang pledges to win back UFC strawweight title

Zhang Weili, the very first Chinese world champion of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). (Xinhua)

Chinese mixed martial arts (MMA) star Zhang Weili will face defending champion Carla Esparza on Nov. 12 in the co-main event of UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Zhang became the first Asian to win the UFC title in 2019. Losing her belt to Rose Namajunas in 2021, Zhang struggled this year with a knockout against Joanna Jedrzejczyk in their June rematch.

2. Former world silver medalist Shi wins his first match in 10 months

China’s Shi Yuqi celebrates after scoring during the men’s singles first round match against Azerbaijan’s Ade Resky Dwicahyo at the 2022 BWF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Xiaoyu)

China’s Shi Yuqi rose to a tenacious challenge to beat low-ranked Azerbaijan’s Ade Resky Dwicahyo in his first match in 10 months at the World Championships on Monday.

“I was a little nervous soon after I showed up on the court,” said Shi, who was suspended last October by the China Badminton Association for making “inappropriate remarks” about the withdrawal of the Thomas Cup semi-final against Japan’s Kento Momota.

“It’s been a long time since I last played a match, so when my opponent was playing well and I was making mistakes, it was easy to get left behind,” Shi said.

But later Shi was beaten by Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the quarter-finals after battling hard.

3. 30 nominees for the 2022 Chinese Basketball Hall of Fame

30 nominees for the 2022 Chinese Basketball Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy of the Chinese Basketball Association)

The 2022 Chinese Basketball Hall of Fame selected 30 nominees from 100 basketball-related parties for further consideration to decide the final 10 inductees.

The 30 nominees include 12 male players, nine female players and nine coaches.

A 500-member basketball-related committee will then select 16 (six male players, five female players and five coaches) from the 30 nominees for a final review.

The final list of 10 inductees will be announced at the end of October.

4. China beat Kazakhstan in FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Zhou Qi (2nd L) of China goes for a basket during the FIBA ​​World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifier match against Kazakhstan in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Aug. 25, 2022. (Photo by Kalizhan Ospanov/Xinhua)

China’s men’s basketball team beat Kazakhstan 68-56 in the FIBA ​​World Cup Asian Qualifiers in the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan on Thursday night.

Zhou Qi scored a game-high 19 points for China and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Sun Minghui had 13 points and Hu Mingxuan added 11.

China will meet Bahrain on Monday.

5. Henan striker Dourado suspended for 12 months for attacking referee in CSL

Henrique Dourado of Henan SSLM reacts during a Chinese Super League (CSL) match against Changchun Yatai in Haikou, south China’s Hainan Province, July 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Hu Zhixuan)

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) announced on Friday that Brazilian striker Henrique Dourado of Henan Songshan Longmen has been suspended for 12 months for his “act of violence” against referee Ma Ning in the Chinese Super League (CSL) last Sunday. .

“According to the CFA Disciplinary Code, the CFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to sanction Dourado with a 12-month suspension and a fine of 200,000 yuan (approximately US$29,180),” the statement said.

6. China’s Wu and Zhang make breakthroughs as they reach US Open main draw

China’s Wu Yibing (R) and Zhang Zhizhen pose for a photo after qualifying for the US Open men’s singles main draw. (Photo courtesy of US Open Weibo account)

China’s Wu Yibing and Zhang Zhizhen qualified for the US Open men’s singles main draw for the first time in their careers after winning their respective qualifying matches on Friday.

Chinese player Yuan Yue also qualified for the tournament’s main draw for the first time after beating Australia’s Maddison Inglis 6-1, 6-0.

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