DYLAN JOSEPH WRITES – American-style football has come to China. On October 1, more than 11,000 Chinese fans turned out to watch the Qingdao Clipper take on (and defeat) the Guangzhou Power. It was the first big match for the China Arena Football League (CAFL), and league owner Marty Judge…Full Article CHINA: AMERICAN FOOTBALL SCORES BIG-TIME IN BIG DEBUT
DYLAN JOSEPH WRITES – 14 years ago, a 22-year-old Chinese basketball phenom called Yao Ming entered his name into the 2002 National Basketball Association Draft and changed the basketball world forever. On September 9, 2016, Yao was enshrined into the NBA’s Naismith Hall of Fame not just for his outstanding…Full Article CHINA: YAO MING JUMPED THROUGH ALL THE HOOPS
ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES- Qatar has been fairly confident about keeping the 2022 World Cup. The country has passed some labor reforms and FIFA still backs them, but the country’s officials might have to be more cautious. Harvard professor John Ruggie wrote a FIFA-commissioned report on the organization’s human rights responsibilities…Full Article QATAR: Will the World Cup Bubble Burst?
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Could sports succeed where years of diplomacy have fallen flat? On the heels of Dennis Rodman’s visits to the Hermit Kingdom, an international group of wrestlers, including athletes from Japan and the US, journeyed to North Korea recently to compete in a match before thousands of…Full Article NORTH KOREA: Professional Wrestlers Tackle Isolation