China and Saudi Arabia were among the teams to progress in Asia's World Cup qualifying on Thursday, as Singapore ousted neighbor Malaysia and crowd trouble forced the abandonment of Oman's game at Myanmar.
China's 20-year-old Zhao Jing stole spotlight at the 14th FINA World Championships on Tuesday as the backstroke talent upset American favourite Natalia Coughlin and delivered a last-gasp victory in the women's 100m backstroke.
After dominating the 2008 Beijing Olympics with 51 gold medals in front of a raucous home crowd, China has introduced innovative training programs so it can continue that momentum at next year's London Olympic Games.
A special ceremony to celebrate a donation by Li Ning Co Ltd to the IOC Olympic Museum was held on Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland, and marked the first time a Chinese sports goods company had made a contribution to the museum.
The men's 10m platform synchronized title had been a concern for Chinese diving team leader Zhou Jihong before the Shanghai worlds, however, newly-paired Huo Liang and Qiu Bo proved there was nothing to be worried about.
Discovered begging in a Beijing subway station, Zhang Shangwu - a former champion gymnast turned thief - has been offered a wide choice of jobs and help, thanks to two days of extensive media coverage.
Former China soccer captain Hao Haidong was one of millions of children who were encouraged to play the sport by their families. As a child he could never have imagined that one day the game, that brought him fame and glory, would become a taboo subject in his homeland.