Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 1895- 2008 – Xu Guoqi

The ringing of the bell during New Year’s Day five days ago marked the splendid start to 2012. What would be the most exciting and anticipating sporting event this year? Well, that would be the 2012 London Olympic Games, a sporting event that is held every 4 years of course.

Over the last decade of the Olympic Games, the United States has held on to its first place ranking in terms of the number of medals won. However, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games saw a shift in fortune as the host country won 51 medals, overtaking the United States by more than 15 medals. It was in 1932 when China first took part in this major international sporting event, but how exactly did this Oriental Dragon achieve its first major success in 70 years? Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 1895- 2008 documents the journey.

Spanning 8 chapters, China’s journey to chasing its Olympic dream has been chronicled. The 300-plus page book chronicles the development of modern Olympic Sports in China, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and also, the sport of Ping-Pong (also known as Table Tennis) diplomacy.

If you are interested to read more, please visit the Library South to check it out. It is a book that proves to provide a reading experience that fails to disappoint.

Location: South

Call number: GV651 XU 2008

Written by: Hou ZeFeng

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