BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) — Here are the latest Chinese sports headlines from last week.
1. Zhang Jingyue raises the Chinese flag at the Gangwon-do 2024 opening ceremony
The 4th Winter Youth Olympic Games officially opened on January 19th in Gangwon Province, eastern South Korea, with a grand opening ceremony.
The opening ceremony was held simultaneously at Gangneung Oval and Pyeongchang Dome with the theme of “space''.
Ice hockey player Zhang Jingyue raised the flag of the Chinese delegation at the opening ceremony. The 16-year-old will represent China in the women's 3v3 tournament.
2. China held two games to a scoreless draw at the AFC Asian Cup
On the night of January 13th, China's opening match in Group A of the AFC Asian Cup ended in a scoreless draw with Tajikistan. In the 80th minute, Chinese defender Zhu Chenjie headed home a goal from a corner kick, but the goal was ruled out by VAR for offside.
Four days later, China drew again 0-0, this time against Lebanon. Wu Lei had a great chance in the 65th minute, but his shot from close range after receiving a cross from Dai Weijun was cleared just in front of the goal line.
China will continue its hopes of advancing to the last 16 by facing host nation Qatar in the final round of the group stage on January 22nd.
The winning and runner-up teams from the 6 groups and the top 4 third-place teams will advance to the final tournament.
3. Countdown begins for China's 14th National Winter Games to be held in Inner Mongolia
The countdown has begun for China's 14th National Winter Games, which will begin in Inner Mongolia on February 17th.
A four-year postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed for major upgrades to venues and infrastructure, drawing on the experience of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
4. FIBA renews partnership with Chinese technology brand TCL
At a partnership renewal ceremony held in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on January 18, world basketball governing body FIBA renewed its global partnership with Chinese brand TCL for another four years.
This new partnership will cover more than 2,000 events, including the 2024 FIBA Women's Olympic Qualification Tournament, the 2026 FIBA Women's World Cup in Germany, and the 2027 FIBA World Cup in Qatar.
5. Chinese star Zheng advances to Australian Open third round for the first time
Chinese tennis star Zheng Qinwen has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open for the first time.
Zheng, the 12th seed and top-ranked Chinese singles, defeated England's Katie Boulter 6-3, 6 in 1 hour 35 minutes in the second round of the 2024 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18. I beat it by -3.
Zheng, 21, lost in the second round at the 2022 and 2023 Australian Open, but reached the third round for the first time in his career.■