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The inaugural Urban Cycling World Championships will take place from November 8-12 (Getty Images)
Article
13 Oct 2017

The UCI is debuting a new annual event in China that brings BMX Freestyle and Mountain Bike Eliminator trials to urban settings. Rob Ridley examines the potential of two events that bring inner-city architecture into play.

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The Pro Kabaddi League has seen phenomenal growth since it was founded in 2014 (Getty Images)
Article
12 Oct 2017

Kabaddi is several thousand years old and played by millions of people, but has only taken off as a commercial proposition in the last four years thanks to the launch of the Star India-backed Pro Kabaddi League. Frank Dunne finds out more.

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Liverpool FC fans at the club's Premier League Asia Trophy game against Leicester City in July (Getty Images)
Article
10 Oct 2017

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Liverpool FC has drawn some unwanted criticism thanks to its sponsorship deal with Tibet Water Resources, Alibaba signs a distribution deal with the Pac-12 Conference through to 2024, and China is among nine nations to have received a one-year ban from the International Weightlifting Federation.

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Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing signs autographs ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai (Getty Images)
Article
3 Oct 2017

In this week's China sports industry round-up: The Chinese Grand Prix will continue until at least 2020 after a new deal was signed between organisers and Formula 1, while Chinese sportswear company Anta has become the latest sponsor of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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NHL fans walk to the entrance Arena before the pre-season game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks at Wukesong Arena in Beijing (Getty Images)
Article
26 Sep 2017

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Swiss watch manufacturer Tag Heuer is again partnering with the Chinese Basketball Association two years after their acrimonious split; the NHL will play at least five games in China in the next few years; and LeSports' founder has sold his remaining shares in the floundering company.

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Simin Feng and her peers will not be playing, as planned, in Shanghai next month (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Article
19 Sep 2017

In this week's China sports industry round-up: The Alisports LPGA event in Shanghai has been cancelled after failing to receive local government approval, two of LeEco's subsidiaries have been officially blacklisted as defaulters by China’s highest court and the entire national boxing team has been disbanded after the latest allegations of favouritism.

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