Pardon the pun, but is something fishy going on at the Olympic pool in London?
Ye Shiwen is a 16-year-old swimmer for the Peoples Republic of China and won a gold medal this week in 400m individual medley with a time that was better than American Ryan Lochte in the men’s finals. Except, up course. Shiwen is a young woman and she actually swam FASTER the last 50 meters of her race, something that is almost unheard of in the sport.
Naturally the American coaches are suggesting that Shiwen had some assistance (no we checked, she was definitely not equipped with a 75 horse Evinrude during the race) which, of course, the Chinese who have never been accused of cheating to win an Olympic medal (cough, cough). So, of course, the Chinese have to come back with a straight face and say “Are you f*cking kidding me?” and then everyone laughs ’cause they know full well that there is something afoot, but who’s going to really press it: any one of the 150 counties that owe China money as part of their national debt?
In the end, Mr. Deadbeat USA is probably going to keep his mouth shut on this one or find his kneecaps getting broken in some back alley.
We’ve seen NBA players like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James get hero’s welcomes in China. Not so much for John Thompson III and Georgetown. Thompson had this to say:
“Tonight, two great teams played a very competitive game that unfortunately ended after heated exchanges with both teams. We sincerely regret that this situation occurred.
“We remain grateful for the opportunity our student-athletes are having to engage in a sport they love here in China, while strengthening their understanding of a nation we respect and admire at Georgetown University.”
Thompson pulled the Hoyas off the court in the fourth quarter of a game against one of China’s top professional teams, according to a tweet from the Washington Post’s Gene Wang Thursday morning.
Wang tweeted that things got hectic when both benches emptied, chairs were thrown and fans started hurling bottles from the stands. Wang also said that all Georgetown players and coaches were OK.
Isn’t that always the case? You’re at the beach, playing volleyball, a location where you NEVER expect to see scantily-clad hot young women, and the host country distracts you with a bevy of Asian beauties in bikinis pretending to be cheerleaders! Of course that’s going to distract you and the rest of your team and cause you to lose, DUH! Someone should launch an investigation into, uh, something . . . I forgot what I was saying.
The Yemeni volleyball team has blamed their defeat in the Asian Games on the bikini-clad cheerleaders performing on the sidelines. The Telegraph quoted Yemen beach volleyballer Adeeb Mahfoudh, as saying that the dancers made it impossible for them to concentrate on the game. “They had an effect on how we played. I think they had something to do with our losing the match,” he said.
Organisers of the games in China have hired four cheerleader squads, each made up of eight girls, to entertain fans during breaks in the volleyball action. Besides cheering, the girls also perform routines that include traditional Chinese elements including martial arts and fan dancing, the paper said.
Yemen beach volleyballers blame sexy bikini-clad cheerleaders for Asian Games defeat! (One India)
Why doesn’t the People’s Republic of China have a soccer team in this year’s World Cup? Seems like they have found a way to build sports powerhouses in almost every other area. The problem could be money. No, not the money they need to support the teams, but the money used to pay bribes to the best players as part of what appears to be the world’s largest soccer gambling ring. Play for the Chinese National Team? Sorry, can’t take the pay cut!
Here’s more from the Wall Street Journal:
China didn’t make the cut for this year’s World Cup in South Africa, but according to the police, thousands of people have still gotten in on the soccer action by participating in illegal online gambling rings. As of Saturday, police have already confiscated $102 million in illegal funds and arrested some 3,600 suspects for illegal gambling in connection with the World Cup, according to a report by the state-run Xinhua news agency.
Illicit gambling in Chinese soccer seems about as common as shin guards, and experts have said it’s also a key reason China hasn’t done well on the international soccer stage. Both performance and credibility has suffered amid accusations of match fixing and rumors that players pay for spots on the national roster.
Though that hasn’t dampened interest in online gambling. “The state of our country’s online illegal gambling activities is still a very grim situation,” a police official told reporters, according to the Legal Daily. He largely blamed offshore gambling syndicates for “infiltrating” the country, according to the report. While Chinese officials like to blame foreigners for the illegal activities, corruption has a long history in Chinese soccer.
Traditionally, national-team hopefuls had to pay tens of thousands of yuan in bribes, said Rowan Simons, author of a book on soccer in China, according to CNN. “Players have come out and said they can’t play for the national team because they can’t afford it,” he said, according to the report.