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Why The Site?

We believe sports reflect society, and this is especially true in contemporary China. The stories in the sports leagues, clubs and personalities here often mirror the strength and resilience of the Chinese people, whose paths and choices speak for the complexity and rapid change in Chinese society.

China Sports Review is a writing project established in October 2008, one month after the Beijing Olympics, with the aim of picking up interesting stories in the Chinese sports world.

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Who We Are?

– David Yang,  Editor

David is a Shanghai-based sports marketing professional. Formerly he worked at Sports Illustrated China,  Folha de Sao Paulo and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He supports Liverpool FC and loves the spicy Sichuan cuisine. His pieces also appeared in Foreign Policy, Wild East Football and the Global Times.  David can be reached at editor(at)

– Kenya Brown, Co-editor

Kenya is a Beijing-based news editor for China Central Television. Since 2007, he has been a writer for US-based soccer website Yanks Abroad and a contributing writer for NiuBBall. A huge supporter of FC Barcelona, he follows more of the non-traditional American sports like rugby union and cricket.

– Andrew Crawford, Contributor

Andrew is a Shanghai-based writer. Before arriving in China, he was the press officer for the Nairobi City Stars, a professional soccer team based in the Kawangare slum in the city. He currently writes for Wild East Football and runs Shark Fin Hoops, his own website about the Shanghai Sharks basketball team. He is a passionate fan of basketball, baseball, rugby, cricket and soccer (but is not very good at any of them).

– Zachary Franklin, Contributor

Zachary is a Beijing-based journalist covering all facets of life in China for various international publications. He also reports on all sports in Beijing for City Weekend Magazine and Sports Illustrated. From 2003 to 2007, Zachary covered collegiate, national team and masters rowing in the United States.