This is just a small sports update about China- there was good news in men’s basketball as China won the Asian Championship on home soil in Wuhan. China will thus be at the 2012 Olympics as Asia’s basketball champions, their first since 2005 but 15th overall. I think this is their first major championships without Yao Ming, who retired earlier this year, but with Yi Jianlian leading the way, they went all the way to the final where China overcame Jordan. Yi plays in the NBA for the Washington Wizards and was a first-round draft pick. His NBA career hasn’t quite reached the level expected of his high draft status, but at least in the international arena, he’s playing great.
Meanwhile in the top Chinese football league CSL (Chinese Super League), Guangzhou Evergrande clinched the title with four games still to play, having led the league from basically the start of the season. Despite being a newly promoted team, they dominated thanks to a roster loaded with local and foreign talent, thanks mainly to a wealthy owner, a property developer. Among their star players are Chinese international players Zheng Zhi, Gao Lin, and Sun Xiang, and Argentinian Dario Conca, who won numerous league MVP awards playing for the top Brazilian league and was signed at an astoundingly high fee in midseason. The real test for Guangzhou will be the Asian Champions League next year. Givne how dominant they were this season in China, let’s hope they transfer that form to Asia. Gao Lin certainly hopes too.