China Sports Weekly (9.18-9.24)-Xinhua
BEIJING, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) — Here are the latest Chinese sports headlines from last week:
1. China get off to a flying start at the Women’s Basketball World Cup
China’s Wang Siyu (C) drives the ball past United States’ Kelsey Plum (R) defense during a Group A match at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 in Sydney, Australia, on Sept. 24, 2022. (Photo by Hu Jingchen/Xinhua)
An aggressive Chinese side got off to a flying start by claiming a 107-44 landslide victory over South Korea in the opener of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup held in Sydney, South Korea. Australia, September 22.
The following day, China outscored Bosnia and Herzegovina 98-51 to record their second straight win, as the two teams met on the world stage for the first time.
In their third match, however, China lost to defending champions USA 77-63 despite a late second-half surge.
2. CBA season starts Oct. 10 with regular season extended to 42 rounds
Zhu Rongzhen (2nd R) of Liaoning Flying Leopards shoots the ball during the final match between Zhejiang Lions and Liaoning Flying Leopards in the 2021-2022 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) League season at Nanchang, east China’s Jiangxi Province, April 26, 2022. (Xinhua/Wan Xiang)
The 2022-2023 China Basketball Association (CBA) league season will officially start on Oct. 10, the CBA announced on Sept. 23.
The first phase of the next regular season will be played in league format at Huanglong Sports Center and Hangzhou Stadium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, with nine rounds of matches scheduled from October 10 to 30.
Twenty teams will participate in the CBA’s new season, which features a total of 42 rounds during the regular season.
3. Hangzhou Asian Games marks the one-year countdown
Aerial photo taken on Dec. 27, 2021 shows a view of the China Hangzhou Esports Center, the venue for the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province. (Xinhua)
With all competition venues completed and test events held, Hangzhou is set to host a green and smart Asian Games as the ‘City of Heaven’ commemorates one year before the opening of the postponed 2022 Games on September 23 .
The 19th edition of the Multi-Sports Games, second in size after the Summer Olympics, was scheduled to take place from September 10 to 25 in the capital of Zhejiang province. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the organizers to postpone the Games to May, then to determine new dates – from September 23 to October 8, 2023.
4. China finalize their roster for the 2022 Women’s Volleyball World Championship
Yuan Xinyue (top) of China kicks the ball during the women’s volleyball preliminary round match between China and Italy at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, July 31, 2021. (Xinhua/Yang Shiyao )
China has finalized its 14-man roster for the 2022 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship, with eight players plus head coach Cai Bin set to make their world championship debut.
Veteran Yuan Xinyue will be making her third appearance, but Zhu Ting and Zhang Changning are out of the squad due to injury.
The Women’s World Championship will take place from September 23 to October 15 in the Netherlands and Poland. According to the Chinese Volleyball Association, the team arrived on September 18 in Arnhem, the Netherlands, where they will play their Group D matches against Brazil, Japan, Colombia, Argentina and the Czech Republic.
5. Chinese Footballer Wu Lei Featured in 2022 Golden Foot Award Nominations
RCD Espanyol’s Wu Lei celebrates his goal during a La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and RC Celta in Cornella, Spain, April 10, 2022. (Photo by Joan Gosa/Xinhua)
Chinese international Wu Lei is on the list of 30 nominations for the Golden Foot Award 2022 alongside Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema and Neymar, the organizing committee revealed on September 18.
The male contenders for its 20th edition this year include a slew of stars such as Messi, Benzema, Neymar and Robert Lewandowski. Other Asian players on the list include South Koreans Lee Chung-yong and Son Heung-min.