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Watching the London Olympics in Beijing

In 2008, China staged a lavish opening ceremony that stunned the world with its precision and pyrotechnics. Four years later, Chinese impressions of the far quirkier London Games may surprise you.

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What’s the Deal with These Stadiums?

Two years after renovaton, Beijing Mentougou Sports Center is now being demolished. The Mentougou district goverment plans to replace it with a bigger, fancier stadium.

First built in 1985, Mentougou Sports Center covers an area of 90,000 sqm and has a capacity of 4,000. According to Jinghua Times, a Beijing paper, the office building, track, football pitch and seats still looked fairly new.

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If You Build it, They Won’t Come

An op-ed on how despite the rise in sporting venues throughout China, the country's sports stadiums remain empty once the lights fade and the games conclude.

There is no question that large, global sporting events can help change the image of a city. Governments use the spectacles as a means to redevelop or invest further in a city’s infrastructure. South Africa proposed a nine billion rand — or about 1.7 billion USD — budget on city infrastructure projects for next year’s World Cup. According to the Beijing Organizing Committee, the 2008 Olympic Games saw about 60 billion USD invested in city-wide infrastructure projects, which included new stadium venues for the sporting events.

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African Boots of Beijing, a Documentary Film

Danwei posted African Boots of Beijing, a 2006 documentary by Luke Mines and Jeremy Goldkorn about Afrika United FC, an amateur football team in Beijing. Go here to check the film’s official Web site.

African Boots of Beijing: Part 1 from Danwei on Vimeo.

Part 2 is here on Vimeo. The film is also on YouTube.

NBA Preseason Game Continues in Beijing

According to the NBA, a preseason game between Denver Nuggets and the Indiana Pacers will be staged at Beijing Wukesong Arena on Oct.11, a third preseason game in China's capital after 2004 and 2008.

"The Wukesong Arena is an outstanding facility that we are proud to call the home of the NBA in Beijing," Tim Chen, CEO of NBA China was quoted as saying. "We are honored to return to play our third game in Beijing and are looking forward to providing a great game between the Nuggets and Pacers in October to our avid fans.

"The Wukesong Arena is an outstanding facility that we are proud to call the home of the NBA in Beijing," Tim Chen, CEO of NBA China was quoted as saying. "We are honored to return to play our third game in Beijing and are looking forward to providing a great game between the Nuggets and Pacers in October to our avid fans

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Building Snowboarding from the Peak Down

“Snowboarding in China is never going to be the way it is in Europe or the United States,” says Steve Zdarsky, the man who runs Mellow Constructions in China. “Every year I say snowboarding is going to take off, but not too many kids start this sport every year. China is more like Russia, where only the wealthy can afford to do a sport like this.”

There is a hint of bitterness in Zdarsky’s voice despite the optimism he and the others who run the Quiksilver Nanshan Mellow Park, a ski resort about 40 minutes north of Beijing, have for snowboarding in the People’s Republic.

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Beijing to Stage International Football Festival This Summer

Good news for football fans in Beijing! The capital city will stage an International Football Festival this summer, with a number of big team names included, according to Beijing Municipal Football Administrative Center.

China Sports Review previously told you that the Italian Super Cup will be played in Beijing on August 8th, China's first ever National Fitness Day. Before that, Manchester United, the world champion club, will come to play Beijing Guo'an in July as part of the club's Asian tour, with date still undecided. It's reported that Man Utd will also travel to Shandong Province for a friendly with Shandong Luneng, the CSL defending champion.

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Beijing Hoop Dreams

Dan Chung made this wonderful video about Wang Chenyang, a student at Wang Fei Basketball Training Camp at Shi Dai High School (h/t Danwei).  Dan is a photographer at the Guardian.

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Help Special Olympic Athletes If You’re in Beijing

China Sports Review has just heard that Beijing Shangri-La Hotel’s Kerry Sports Centre is currently holding a Special Olympics fund-raising drive until Dec.14. If you, our dear readers, are in Beijing and want to make a donation to those special Olympians, please find details below to help. Thank you!

From 1 November to 14 December 2008, Kerry Sports is conducting a fund-raising drive to help the Special Olympics organisation, a drive that will culminate with a Christmas Party on Sunday 21 December 2008, from 6pm and 8pm.

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Chinese Women’s Ice Hockey Team Walking On Thin Ice

Chinese Women's Hockey Team continued their winning streak by beating Japanese Team 2-0 in Shanghai, securing themselves a shot of playing in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics after three straight wins over Norway, Czech Republic and Japan. Ranked 8th in the world, the team consists of 19 players all coming from Harbin, the capital of China's northeastern Heilongjiang Province which is also known as "ice city" for its long and cold winter.

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