Regional Sports News
Phil Knight, the co-founder of Nike, was so enamoured with a young Tiger Woods that the company began recruiting him three years before signing him to an endorsement deal at 20. “You could see him coming from way back,” Knight said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that airs on Wednesday at 9 pm EDT (9 am HK time). The young golfer would occasionally play in the Portland area, near Nike’s headquarters, “and we’d always invite him and his father out to lunch....
Most of the winners at Happy Valley on Wednesday night had something in common; they were ridden by Zac Purton or Matthew Poon Ming-fai or they were making their racecourse farewell. Purton landed his century of winners for the season in the opening race, when Premium Champion was the first leg of a Caspar Fownes double, then added Good Choice for Dennis Yip Chor-hong and Fortune Bo Bo for Benno Yung Tin-pang to make it 102 and counting. Joao Moreira finished the evening winless and still...
Hong Kong’s colonial rulers did little to promote sport outside the expatriate bubble because of its possibility for fostering nationalism and patriotism – and since the handover, efforts to promote love for China through sport have failed or even backfired, says a leading academic expert. Brian Bridges, adjunct professor of diplomatic history and international relations at Lingnan University, was previously head of the political science department at the university and lived in...
Banished from Hong Kong’s elite sports structure in 1997 for underperforming, the world’s most popular game has made such insignificant progress it appears to be going backwards. The decision to exclude soccer from the Hong Kong Sports Institute 20 years ago has had a far-reaching impact on soccer development – or the lack of it, say players and coaches. “I can’t say Hong Kong soccer has made no progress in the years since the handover, but the progress is so...
The former head coach of China’s all-conquering table tennis team has denied knowing three top Chinese players would stage a no-show at a major tournament in protest at his removal. Highly-respected Liu Guoliang, a former grand slam champion who lost his job last week in a restructuring of Chinese table tennis, apologised to fans on the players’ behalf. But the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has threatened to punish the star-studded China team for the actions of the...
Fifa on Tuesday released a long-withheld report on claims of corruption in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar after more leaks deepened the controversy surrounding the vote. World football’s governing body had previously declined to publish in full the 400-page report into awarding the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar drawn up by US independent investigator Michael Garcia. But Fifa’s hand was forced when German tabloid newspaper Bild said it had obtained the...
The Hong Kong athletes were worried. It was the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima, Japan, and they were talking among themselves. “This is our last Asian Games as a Hong Kong team,” said one. The handover was less than three years away and there was no clarity as to the future of Hong Kong’s sporting identity after the return to Chinese sovereignty. In reality, though, the Basic Law had provided for Hong Kong to continue as a separate entity in sports and other areas. However,...
Serena Williams unveiled her pregnant body in a nude Vanity Fair cover photo Tuesday and detailed the story of her romance with fiancé Alexis Ohanian in an article for the magazine. The 23-time grand slam singles champion is shown in profile facing left with her right arm covering her breasts and her pregnant stomach proudly displayed, a small waist chain the only item she wore in the image by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. Williams said in the story she learned she was pregnant...
Hong Kong Rugby boss Robbie McRobbie says it’s no accident there are “a hell of a lot more” local Chinese embracing the game now than before the handover. An awareness of the threats the handover posed ensured the Hong Kong Rugby Union put the time and resources into developing the game, defying the theory that rugby wouldn’t survive after 1997. “There were some doom and gloom merchants who did feel that rugby hadn’t managed to embed itself strongly enough...
Southampton’s Nathan Redmond missed the crucial penalty as England agonisingly lost on penalties to Germany in the semi-finals of the under-21 European Championship in Poland on Tuesday. Germany goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck saved Redmond’s spot-kick to consign England to a 4-3 defeat in the shoot-out after the match had ended 2-2 at the end of 90 minutes and extra time. They will face Spain in Friday’s final in Krakow after a brilliant second-half hat-trick from the Atletico...