School Sports Tours Explained

The subject of school sports tours naturally generates a number of questions, including the most fundamental of all: just what are school sports tours? To give a general overview, they are specialist overseas journeys that involve younger people from schools, colleges and sporting associations, visiting other young people abroad and participating in their shared sporting interests.

Practically, this may involve, say, a football club or lacrosse association travelling overseas to destinations such as Spain, Ireland or the United States, to participate in training and games against local sides. Depending on the operator you choose to travel with, school sports tours encompass a significant number of sports and a diverse number of overseas destinations.

What is the purpose?

There may be a number of general objectives with this sort of tour, however perhaps they may group together under three broad ones:

• To promulgate better relationships between young people of different cultural backgrounds through shared participation in sporting activities;

• To improve the performance and enhance the sporting potential of the participants on the tour, by exposing them to different playing conditions, training regimes and tactics;

• To allow the young people on the tour to experience some of the local customs, conditions and cultures of the country they are visiting.

Of course, there is also a clear intention to help the young people concerned to simply have a good time!

Are school sports tours competitive?

Yes and no. During a typical tour, the participants will get the opportunity to engage in lengthy practice sessions with local teams and some competitive matches. However, the primary objective is not to conduct the tour with the intention of somehow “emerging victorious”, but instead to return enriched and hopefully up-skilled.

Why is there stress on the cultural elements?

Take, for example, a basketball tour to Platja d’Aro in Spain. As you may expect, the basketball facilities locally will be of an excellent standard, but this destination is relatively also close to Barcelona – one of the world’s great cities and a centre of Catalan culture.

It would be a great pity to be so close and not to have the opportunity to explore some of Barcelona’s attractions. This is not merely sightseeing, but an opportunity for young people on the tour to expand their emotional and intellectual horizons – a factor that is sometimes cited as being an important part of improved sporting achievement and enjoyment.

Are these tours intensive?

Both coaching and supervisory staff will take their responsibilities seriously and will expect the participants to take the sporting activities and training equally seriously. Yet this is not exclusively about sport, and it is recognised that young people need leisure time to let off steam. That is why the local accommodation and facilities typically include recreational opportunities and time for the young people to enjoy themselves. Once again, the longer-term performance benefits of allowing participants in sports to have “time off” is well recognised across the sporting world. On professionally-organised school sports tours the participants will be unlikely to complain about being either bored or jaded!

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Paint the Town Red! Bullfighting in Spain on Costa Dorada Holidays

When considering Spain holidays, you may be looking to find the best tapas restaurants, flamenco events or even bars offering the best sangria. However, there is one other traditional aspect of Spanish culture which cannot be ignored – bullfighting.

Its practice attracts controversy and protest yet it remains a characteristic part of Spanish life. The name ‘bullfighting’ commonly leads to misunderstanding as it is not a sport, but a performance. The Torero (bullfighter) asserts his control and strength over the bull in a planned and elaborate act. Reading the bull’s behaviour to weaken the animal is the aim, resulting in the bull’s ultimate demise. Despite widespread objections to bullfighting, many Spaniards and tourists alike still gather to witness these spectacles throughout the country.

Sanfermin Festival, held in Pamplona in July each year, includes the infamous Running of The Bulls. The bulls are let loose to run through the streets along with a group of daring participants surrounded by a lively crowd of onlookers. In the afternoon, the bulls are taken to the ring for the bullfights which start around 6.30pm. However, many revellers are only there for the thrilling party atmosphere. Sanfermin is essentially a huge street party festival. A firework display marks the beginning of the celebrations which include a procession and the streets fill with music and dancing. There are a number of cheap holiday deals available to Pamplona but it is advisable to book far in advance to beat the crowds to this popular event. The El Toro is a rustic hotel in the quiet location of Berrioplano, just 5km from the city centre of Pamplona. A stay here means you can enjoy the peace of the countryside while also being close to the celebrations.

In 2010, the parliament of Catalonia voted to ban bullfighting. It is the first region in mainland Spain to enforce a ban, which will take effect in January 2012. Catalonia with its capital of Barcelona is a thriving region containing two very different coastlines. While the Costa Brava is known for its rugged coastline, in contrast, the miles of fine, golden sand contribute to making Costa Dorada holidays a popular choice for visitors. The Plaza Monumental de Barcelona is the only functioning bullring left in Catalonia. The bullfighting season usually finishes at the end of September so grab the chance to witness this tradition in the region before the ban comes into force. If you’re reluctant to see a bullfight but would like to know more about this practice, The Monumental also houses the Bullfighting Museum. Here, you can learn all about bullfighting history and see plenty of artefacts which bring the stories to life.

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SHIVER – Foreign Film Review

Shiver (Eskalofrío)

Made in: Spain

Language: Spanish

Synopsis: Santi (Junio Valverde) is a lonely teenager living in Barcelona with his mom, Julia (Mar Sodupe). He suffers from a condition called Photophobia, where he’s hypersensitive to sunlight. As a result, he can’t really do much during the day.

Other kids his age think he’s a freak, his father, Oscar (Paul Berrondo), is a compulsive gambler, and his best friend Leo (Jimmy Barantán) is a pop culture geek who’s as much of an outcast as he is.

At the advice of his doctor, Santi and his mother relocate to a remote village in the north, where the days are known for being short. The house they find is a little rustic, but it has all the necessary amenities for modern life.

But as in most horror movies, it comes complete with spooky shadows, window shutters that rattle really easily, and an attic full of stuff that belonged to the previous tenants. Yup, that’s right. Nothing out of the ordinary around here…

The landlord, Dimas (Francesc Orella), seems okay, and although school isn’t great, it’s not as bad as it was in the big city. Santi befriends Tito (Pau Poch), a kid who’s small for his age, and Ángela (Blanca Suárez), the attractive daughter of the local police inspector, Antonio (Roberto Enríquez). But before Santi can settle in, he learns that there’s something strange about this quiet little town.

Something scary lives in the woods, and it’s known for viciously attacking livestock. When it starts killing people, Santi just always happens to be around. Naturally, he’s blamed for the deaths, or at least he’s suspected of being a part of them. But as the frights escalate, Santi tries solving the mystery himself with the help of his friends. And before long, he uncovers a dark secret about the small town…

The Good: Cinematically, Shiver looks great and much credit should be given to production designer Pilar Revuelta (who worked on Pan’s Labyrinth).

The story moves at a good pace, and unlike horror movies done in the US, the acting here is very good. Although the storyline isn’t too different from a scary movie that you’d see Stateside, the higher caliber of acting gives the film more depth and intelligence.

The bloodshed isn’t over-the-top. In fact, since many of the gory scenes take place in shadows or under shaky flashlight beams, director Isidro Ortiz leaves much of the horror to your imagination. Shiver contains plenty of solid suspense, and instead of going for cheap, jump-out-at-you scares, most of the creepiness is carefully constructed and plays more upon simple fears (being home alone, thunderstorms, lost in the woods, etc).

The Bad: Shiver doesn’t make full use of all its major elements. Santi’s photophobia is interesting, but it never plays out in a major way. It would have been better if, for instance, his “handicap” became a strength at certain times. If he can’t come out during the day, then it’s only logical to assume that he’s at his best during the night. But no. Here, he’s as scared of the dark (and ineffective in it) as anybody.

Tito has the potential to be an interesting character, but he sort of just disappears halfway through the story. And the love interest, Ángela, is underdeveloped as well. Without spoiling the ending, there are also some minor questions of logic that’ll bother you if you think about them too much.

Who would like this movie: You should watch Shiver if you’re fan of foreign films, and horror movies (particularly Spanish ones) that are focused more on scares than gore. Parts of the movie will make you think of movies such as Sleepy Hollow, Lost Boys, and maybe even the Blair Witch Project.

The overall premise is pretty familiar, but it’s told very well. I suppose this counts as a teen movie in some ways, but it doesn’t look cheesy nor does it insult anyone’s intelligence.

There are no boob shots (which may be a disappointment to some), and since it’s made in a country with no drinking age, I was mildly surprised to see that none of the main characters (or victims) got trashed. Perhaps that a cultural thing, which proves that foreign films are indeed educational.

For the most part, Shiver is an engaging thriller. It’s not perfect, but it easily surpasses a lot of Hollywood stuff aimed at a similar demographic.

(3 out of 4 stars)

Director: Isidro Ortiz

Starring: Junio Valverde, Mar Sodupe, Blanca Suárez, Francesc Orella, Jimmy Barnatán, Roberto Enríquez, Paul Berrondo, Pau Poch

Review written by: Joe Yang

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Sports in Trinidad & Tobago – A Dark Horse!

Road to London 2012

Ato Boldon

Did you know- During the years from 1996 to 2000,Ato Boldon picked up a total offour Olympic medals. On July 27, 1996 Boldon captured the bronze medal in the men’s 100m at the Atlanta Olympic Games. Five days later, he finished third in the 200m, behind Michael Johnson (USA) and Frank Frederick (Namibia). During the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney (Australia), Boldon obtained a silver medal for placing second in the 100m and a bronze medal for third place in the 200m.

Edwin Roberts

Did you know- By October 1964,Edwin Roberts took third place in the men’s 200m in the Games of the XVII Olympiad in Asia. Encouraged by its medal in Tokyo (Japan), he captured the international title at the 1966 Central American and Caribbean Games in San Juan de Puerto Rico. Five years later, he had won a bronze medal in the Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia.

George Bowell

Did you know- By 2008,TT’s swimmer George Bowell was selected the flag bearer of the Olympic delegation for the 29th Summer Olympics in the People’s Republic of China. His selection was based on his international reputation. Four years ago, Bowell, an American-trained swimmer, had captured the bronze medal in the men’s 200m individual medley in the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece; the Caribbean’s first swimming medal since 1996. This notable son of Trinidad & Tobago, a white athlete, swam the 200-meter individual medley in an impressive 1:58.80, breaking the old mark of 1: 58.98 set by Italy’s Olympic champ Massimiliano Rosolino in Sydney 2000.

Ian Morris

Did you know- In 1992,Ian Morris came in fourth place in the men’s 400m in the Games of the XXV Olympiad in Barcelona, Spain.

Michael Agostini

Did you know- Sprinter Michael Agostini finished fourth in the 100m and sixth in the 200m at the Melbourne Olympics in the mid-1950s.

Pan American Games

Did you know- Toward the end of the 1970s, the small Caribbean island-nation of Trinidad Tobago sent 11 athletes, led by its Olympic champ Hasely Crawford, to the Pan American Games in San Juan de Puerto Rico. However, none of them won medals.The national team included the following athletes: Janice Bernand, Joseph Coombs, Crawford, Anthony Husbands, Rafeer Mohammed, Edwin Noel, Michael Paul, Michael Salomon, Ephraim Serrette, Linton Williams, and Alexander Willis.

Summer Olympics

Did you know- Between July 25 and August 9, 1992, the National Olympic Committee sent 8 athletes, led by its international star Samuel Gene, to Barcelona (Spain) to compete in the Games of the XXV Olympiad. The team of Trinidad and Tobago competed in cycling and track and field. Cyclist Gene was the nation’s best Olympic athlete when he came in eighth place in the 1km time trial. In addition, the Trinidadian team finished seventh in the men’s 4x400m relay (athletics).

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How Alegria Shoes Can Keep Your Feet Happy

The California PG Lite Company’s Alegria shoe line offers a wide selection of women’s footwear that is fun, innovative and extremely comfortable. The name “Alegria” means happiness, and that is exactly how your feet will feel once you slip into their ergonomically designed kicks. Their cheerful designs and bright colors will also serve to put a smile on your face every time you see them.

But aside from their funky designs and vibrant colors, what makes Alegria shoes special is that they are made for comfort. With unique rocker bottoms, these shoes help tone your legs, improve posture and reduce stress on joints and muscles by making you walk with a natural rolling motion. Alegria shoes also feature unparalleled arch support made of a combination of cork, latex and memory foam, which contours to your foot for a custom fit. This patented removable interlocking footbed system comes in both medium and wide widths.

The Alegria shoe line features a vast array of styles that provide casual and comfortable footwear for all types of weather. This includes sandals, clogs, shoes and boots.

With summer upon us, Alegria’s line of sandals thankfully includes thongs, slides and strappy sandals in a variety of styles and colors. For summer, three of Alegria’s most popular styles include the Mariposa and Barcelona slides and the Carina thong. All have mild rocker outsoles, leather linings and are hand sewn. The Mariposa comes in black, bronze or pewter and has a rhinestone butterfly buckle. The Barcelona has criss-crossed straps and is available in pearl, red or blue paisley. The Carina thong comes in black burnished leather with metal studs, brown burnished leather with cream colored studs or leopard print patent leather in red or purple.

Women who are sassy enough to rock a clog will adore the wide variety of styles of this type in the Alegria line. Design-wise, there are two types of Alegria clogs: the completely closed front styles and clogs with t-strap style cut outs. Both of these designs come in wild patterned prints or more subdued solid colors, so there is a clog available to match whatever mood you are in or style you are wearing. Some stand-out clog styles in Alegria’s line include the Seville, the Donna Professional and the Women’s Classic.

Alegria’s Seville Clog is a closed front style that comes in a variety of patterns, including the floral Gerber and Wine and Roses styles. The Gerber’s flowers sit on black leather, while Wine and Roses bears deep crimson leather.

For women who are on their feet all day, the Donna Professional clog is an excellent choice. Endorsed by registered nurses, this shoe provides comfort while also letting you add some funky style to your footwear. Some great eye catching options include the Paris in black patent leather with silver text and the Pink Hearts style, which features light pink heart cutouts on a hot pink patent leather background. Hospital scrubs will certainly never be the same when paired with these spiffy shoes.

The Women’s Classic Clog is a t-strap style that comes in a variety of color schemes that include the funky Embossed Blue with a floral motif, the White Peace and Love, which features “Summer of Love” type graphics and the more sedate black, plum or chrome patent leather styles.

If clogs just aren’t your style, Alegria’s Mary Jane style shoes are a fantastic way to sport this brand’s ground breaking designs and comfort systems. These Mary Jane Style Shoes are available with two different types of outsoles. Women can choose between the standard mild rocker bottom, or for less motion, the mini bottom outsole. A popular choice for the mild rocker outsole is The Paloma. For the mini bottom outsole, the Feliz is a standout design.

For a fun, patterned shoe, the Paloma’s bronze or pewter zebra print styles will definitely bring out your wild side. For a more delicate look, the black or white rose patent leather mary jane is a more demure choice.

Women who prefer the mini-rocker bottom of the Feliz also have a great selection of styles to choose from. For a plainer shoe, the black crinkle leather Feliz is a classic that works well with just about any outfit. For a shoe that is a bit more daring, the Feliz also comes in black silver prism leather or chocolate, gray or gold snake leather.

For winter wear, one of Alegria’s most popular boots is the Asp. This suede mini-boot features a mini-bottom outsole and is waterproof. The Asp is hand sewn and has a leather lining.

No matter what the season, if you need a comfortable, yet stylish shoe, Alegria’s line of ergonomically correct footwear is a perfect choice. From sandals and clogs to Mary Janes and boots, Alegria has a style for everyone from the funkiest shoe lover to those with a more conservative style. Comfortable feet are happy feet. Try on a pair of Alegria shoes today. Your feet will thank you for it.

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Short Biography of Famous Soccer Player – Juan Roman Riquelme

His full name is Juan Román Riquelme. He was born June 24, 1978 in San Fernando, Buenos Aires, an impoverished providence of Buenos Aires Argentina to a family of ten. He is an Argentine soccer player who now plays for Boca Juniors of the Argentine Primera División, and his position on the field is as an attacking midfielder.

In 1995 Riquelme began playing professional football with the Boca Juniors and seven seasons enjoyed with the club prior to being traded to Barcelona. Following a short and not successful stay with them, he moved to Villarreal, and became superstar there, winning a lot of honors. Presently Riquelme continues to play at both the national and international level, and lately won the MVP award at the Copa Libertados.

A longtime Argentine international, Riquelme is best acknowledged for his spells with Boca Juniors and Villarreal. A playmaker, his major assets are his passing and setting the tempo of play.

It was Boca Juniors the club that had it as foremost character, in those that reached three times the Argentinean championship, to be champion of the Cup Libertadores of America in two opportunities, and champion of the Intercontinental Cup of soccer, in the year 2000.

Juan Román Riquelme is considered as a talented player with outstanding field vision. As of 2005, Riquelme is frequently noted as the key factor in Villareal’s explosive 2005 campaign.

Some of honours he received as log as his career are:

2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup (Villarreal CF)

2001 Copa Libertadores (Boca J.)

2000 Argentine Apertura Championship (Boca J.)

2000 Intercontinental Cup (Boca J.)

2000 Copa Libertadores (Boca J.)

1999 Argentine Clausura Championship (Boca J.)

1998 Argentine Apertura Championship (Boca J.)

1997 FIFA’s Football World Youth Championship (under-20)

As concerned as some of his individual honors are Player of the Year of Argentina (2000, 2001, 2008) and Copa Libertadore’s Most Valuable Player in 2007.

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How Badminton Rackets Evolved To Suit The Sport of Badminton

In the earlier times, the game of Badminton was called Battledore and the Greeks and Asians were the first ones to play it. During the 1850s, the Duke of Beaufort revolutionized the game in his house in Gloucestershire and called it badminton. His home was later identified by the locals as the Badminton House.

In 1992, the popularity of badminton grew all over the world after its official debut in the Barcelona Olympics. Currently, the number of players and professionals of badminton is growing and more world badminton tournaments are being organized because of this. Badminton is truly an interesting and fast-paced sport that can be enjoyed by both beginners and pros. It is also a great and fun way to stay fit and healthy.

Even though the game of badminton started in an English House, the sport is now globally known and is a very popular sport in the Asian countries like Malaysia, South Korea, Indonesia and China. These Asian countries are now producing world class players and China is producing the top badminton players. The Chinese have won a lot of major and world tournaments in the last few years and they are able to keep the top spot.

Battledore and Shuttlecock

The early game of battledore was very basic. Two individuals would hit a shuttlecock back and forth with a plain bat until one person misses and the shuttlecock falls to the ground. Those bats had handles and heads which are similar to the modern day rackets. The difference is that the head was entirely solid and made out of wood. Woven strings were not yet used during that time.

Wooden Racket

Initially, the badminton rackets consisted of a woven head and a concrete frame or body in the same way tennis rackets were made from during those times. The string utilized for the head of the battledore racket was created from animal by product and the frame was made from wood. The grip was long and bare, easily causing some cuts on the hand.

Metal Racket

In time, the rackets made from wood were changed by metal rackets. The next rackets were made from steel as it was a great metal. Soon, aluminum rackets became a more preferred choice because it was a lighter racket. This revolutionized the game and permitted the players to hit and roam within the court easier. It also lessened the degree of fatigue and stress being placed by the heavier badminton rackets. The handles were equipped with a grip material to enhance the control and comfort of the user.

Composite Racket

The badminton rackets being used today are now made from composite or synthetic materials, with carbon and graphite fiber being the most widely used materials. The modern badminton rackets are way lighter and have better grip and power than the early rackets. These are equipped with light yet sturdy nylon strings and other materials with handles specially covered in grips for better control.

Other than the frames, the best badminton rackets out in the market today are created using premium materials like those used to make the strings and grips. There are different badminton rackets that can suit a player’s style and level of play.

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The History of Mizuno Running Shoes

The Olympics helped greatly in making sports popular all over the world, including the island of Japan. In 1906, modern sports events were just starting to begin real acceptance in Japan. Knowing all athletes needed the best running shoes possible, the Mizuno brothers set up shop. In 1912, Japan participated in the Olympic Games for the first time, and Mizuno shoes were primed to take off.

The Olympics have always been good to sports manufacturers. At least to sports manufacturers that have a good product. And the average Mizuno running shoes review suggested that Mizuno had a very good product indeed. In fact, in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, athletes using Mizuno products won 72 medals. These medals included 24 gold, 22 silver and 26 bronze.

Mizuno has always been a forerunner of technological advancements. In 1997 they introduced their patented Mizuno Wave technology. The Wave technology uses a wave plate, resulting in the lightest technologically advanced performance sports shoes. Then, in 1999 the Mizuno Wave Rider running shoe won the coveted Editors’ Choice award from Runner’s World magazine.

The Wave Rider isn’t the only running shoe to win a respected award. The Mizuno Wave Creation won Runner’s World awards in 2002, 2004 and 2006. One of the most popular and beloved of the Mizuno line, this shoe uses the newer Infinity Wave technology, which provides superior cushioning, transition and durability.

Mizuno shoes have won many awards. Each one makes use of new and improved materials and technologies. For example, the Mizuno Wave Inspire is the ultimate in responsive performance. It is lightweight, with a breathable fit, and the very first winner of the ‘Best Debut’ award by Runner’s World.

Mizuno has long supported women athletes. In fact, many of the Mizuno sports ambassadors are women. And the Mizuno women’s running shoes make use of all of their best technologies, including BioLock, a revolutionary heel-fit system which enhances performance by eliminating heel slippage and providing a greater amount of stability as a result.

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Facts About China’s Sports

DID YOU KNOW…

Yao Ming is an Chinese professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the NBA (National Basketball Association). Like Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Tracy Mc Grady (United States) and Luis Scola (Argentina), he is one of the best players in the world.

Liu Xiang won the gold medal in the men´s 110 meter hurdles at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He was the first Asian man to win an Olympic gold medal in track, and his victory in Greece was hailed in his country as a cultural leap forward because it ran counter to the stereotypes of what makes a great hurdler.At the medalist´s press conference following the men´s 110-meter hurdlers, Liu said: “My victory has proved that athletes with yellow skin can run as fast as those with black and white skin”. He was born on July 13, 1983 in Shangai, China.

The Chinese delegation participated in the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney (Australia), and won 28 gold medals in such events as athletics, badminton, diving, gymnastics, judo, shooting, taekwondo, table tennis and weightlifting.

Kuoshu is the national sport in the People`s Republic of China.

Lang Ping played volleyball at the 1984 Summer Olympics for China. In the 1980s, she was the best volleyball player in the world. In 2004, she became the head coach of the USA women`s national volleyball team. “Lang Ping is an individual who has been uncommonly successful in every phase of her career as a player and a coach, and her accomplishments are unequaled,” USA chief executive officer Doug Beal said. “She won every major event as a player for China during her career and was clearly the dominant player in the world in the 1980s.” And she transitioned more seamlessly than almost anyone in volleyball history to her role as a coach, leading China to a silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and successfully coaching professionally in Italy for many years.”

China sent 246 athletes to the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona (Spain). It participated in gymnastics, athletics, boxing, cycling, fencing, diving, judo, shooting, swimming, table tennis, archery, badminton, sailing, weightlifting, wrestling, modern pentathlon, basketball and volleyball. The People´s Republic of China finished 4th in the medal count, with 54 (16 gold), trailing the Unified Team (112), United States (108) and Germany (82).

The Chinese metropolis has hosted the 11th Asian Games in 1990. Over 6,122 athletes from more than 35 countries participated, along with 1,000 coaches. It was the largest multi-sport event in the Third World in 1990.

Beijing has hosted the 1990 FIVB Volleyball Women´s World Championship. It is the capital city of China.

The Asian country has had many famous sportswomen in the past century: Kuo-tuang Jung (table tennis), Lu Li (gymnastics), Chen Yueling (track and field), Fu Mingxia (diving), Zheng Meizhu (volleyball), Gao Min (diving), Haixia Zheng (basketball), Yang Xilan (volleyball), Zhuang Xiaoyan (judo), Hong Qian (swimming), Gu Jun (badminton), Chuang Tse-tung (table tennis), Wang Huifeng (fencing), Hsie-ting (table tennis), Wei Qiang (softball), Yong Zhuang (swimming), He Ying (archery), Ge Fei (badminton), Le Jingyi (swimming), Wang Junxia (track and field), Xu Yanmei (diving), Sun Fuming (judo), Li Duihong (shooting), Mo Huilan (gymnastics) and Qu Yunxia (athletics).

Zhu Jianhua was one of the most famous athletes in China and in Asia. He was an Olympic bronze medalist and former world record holder in the high jump.

The Chinese team won the women`s volleyball World Cup by defeating Cuba (3-1) in 1985. It was the 2d World Cup victory for the People`s Republic of China.

China did not participate at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, URSS (currently Russia).Many Chinese athletes -notably hurdler Tsu Lin, high jumper Ni Chih-chin, long jumper Hsia Chieh-ping, runner Sung Mei-hua, and volleyball players Liang Yan, Zhang Rongfang, Zhou Xiaolan and Zhu Ling- lost their Olympic opportunities.

Li Ning won three gymnastics gold medals at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California (USA). Like Nadia Comaneci (Romania) and Vitaly Scherbo (Belarus), he was one of the best gymnasts of the 20th century. Li Ning was born on September 8, 1963 in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China.

From 1993 to 1996, Wang Junxia was one of the greatest runners in China and Asia. She set three world records in 1993 (3,000- metre and 10,000-metre events). This year she won a gold medal in the 10,000 m at the World Championships in Stuggart (Germany). At the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta (Georgia,USA), she notified the world of her championships capabilities by winning the gold medal in the 5,000-meter race.

The Asian country won the silver medal in softball at the 1996 Olympic Games in the United States.

Diver Fu Mingxia won 5 gold medal at three successive Olympic Games: Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000). She is an idol in her natal city of Wuhan, China.

Chuang Tse-tung was one of the best-known players in the history of table tennis (also known as ping pong). In the 1960s, she was an idol in the People´s Republic of China.

China has competed in the Winter Olympics 8 times and has won a total of 33 medals. It has more Olympic medals that Iceland, Hungary, Australia and Poland combined.

Michael Chang, who had won a Grand Slam, plans to open an academy for young players in China. He once said, “I have a wish, which is to contribute my experience accumulated from playing in world tournaments to the development of tennis in China”.

China sent 219 athletes to the 1984 Olympic Games, which were held in Los Angeles, California, USA. The Chinese delegation had athletes competing in 16 sports: archery (6), athletics (22), basketball (22), canoeing (4), cycling (7), fencing (17), gymnastics(14), handball (15), wrestling (10), rowing (9), shooting (17), swimming (35), tennis (1), volleyball (22),weightlifting (10) and sailing (4).

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Short Biography of Famous Soccer Player – Diego Maradona

His complete name is Diego Armando Maradona. He was born 30 October 1960 in Lanús, Buenos Aires. Maradona is an ex- Argentine soccer player, and now manager for team of Argentine national. He is regarded as a lot of people as the greatest football player of all time. His nickname is The King Pibe de Oro Golden Boy. He was chosen the greatest FIFA soccer player of the 20th century (an honor he shares with Pelé.

He quickly raised to prominence in the Argentinian soccer leagues, and became a foremost star. Diego Maradona is an icon in Argentina, much like Evita Peron. As a football player, he took his team to new heights and became a hero to sports fans- a lot of who referred to him as “San Diego.”

In club level, Maradona joined with Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Newell’s Old Boys and Napoli, setting world-record contract fees. While in his international level, participating for Argentina, he made 91 caps and scored 34 goals. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments, including the 1986 World Cup where he became a captain for Argentina and caused them to their triumph over West Germany in the final. He won the Golden Ball award as the tournament’s best player.

Maradona is a very great master of the ball who makes use of his aptitude and flair at unbelievable speed. He could surpass defenders, score, and give out the ball. His multitalented skills make him unpredictable and very hazardous. Hardly any defenders can stop Diego in his heyday with no committing fouls, a fact which has caused him greatly over the years. His famous skills are in Dribbling, flair, creativity.

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