September 20, 1993 |
Word arrived here over the weekend that U.S. intelligence agencies believe China is preparing to defy the worldwide moratorium on underground nuclear testing but will defer the detonations until after the International Olympic Committee decides Thursday whether to anoint Beijing as host of the 2000 Summer Games.
January 9, 1998 |
Chinese breaststroker Yuan Yuan, a silver medalist in the 1994 World Championships, was found Thursday carrying 13 vials labeled Somatropin, a banned human growth hormone. The discovery, made by an Australian customs official at the airport in Sydney, gave ammunition to critics who accuse the Chinese swimmers of using banned substances. Yuan, 21, and her teammates were en route to Perth for the World Swimming Championships when the vials were discovered packed in ice in her luggage.
July 7, 1996 |
It is difficult to determine whether Chinese female distance runners startled the track and field world more in 1993 for their performances--three gold medals in the World Championships, three world records--or for the concoction they drank before workouts. Their controversial coach, Ma Junren, said that the recipe included turtle blood and caterpillar fungus. Rivals suggested that the Chinese women had ingested more potent substances, such as banned anabolic steroids and stimulants.
July 28, 1992 |
For 2 1/2 hours under the midday sun Monday, it was the most breathtaking sight in Barcelona: Fu on the hill, the diving platform high atop Montjuic, with Gothic cathedrals and 17th-Century castles off in the distance behind her, the world at her feet. Fu Mingxia, a Chinese schoolgirl who won't turn 14 for three more weeks, won the Olympic women's platform diving gold medal so decisively and so easily that the post-competition buzz turned quickly to how many in all she might be able to collect.
August 5, 1992 |
A Chinese volleyball player has been disqualified from the Olympics after becoming the first athlete who competed at Barcelona to test positive for drugs, a spokeswoman said today. Wu Dan, a striker on China's women's team, tested positive for strychnine, a stimulant, said Michele Verdier of the International Olympic Committee. Wu said the strychnine must have been contained in herbal medicine she had taken as a tonic.
September 6, 1994 |
Not even one minute into the first night of swimming's World Championships, the tidal wave from China that had been forecast began to sweep across the pool at Foro Italico with the same shocking force as the lightning that struck two nights earlier and forced postponement of a diving event.
September 12, 1993 |
Qu Yunxia of China set a world record in the women's 1,500 meters of 3 minutes 50.46 seconds on Saturday at China's National Games, and later Coach Ma Zunren attacked critics who suggest the astounding success of his national Chinese women's team is due to drugs. Actually, he said, it's Chinese caterpillar fungus. And, he said, the world hasn't seen anything, yet. "Now that we're strong, they say we did it through drugs," Ma said at a news conference. "They're the ones on drugs."
October 5, 1990 |
Just as a Ping-Pong match two decades ago provided the diplomatic pretext for improved relations between the United States and China, the Asian Games in Beijing appear to have set the seal on improved ties between China and Vietnam. Vietnam sent its aging hero of two wars against the French and Americans, Deputy Premier Vo Nguyen Giap, to attend the games, which end Sunday. He was the first Vietnamese leader to make an official visit to China in more than a decade.
October 5, 1997 |
It was an ordinary weekday night, but things were bouncing at the Golden Altar Lanes near the 500-year-old Temple of Heaven. Over in Lane 27, a trio of paunchy, middle-aged industrial engineers--graying hair dyed black--launched balls into parabolic orbit and watched helplessly as they crashed on the polished wood floor and swerved into the gutter. "We wanted to see what young people in Beijing do for fun these days," said one member of the hapless group, who identified himself as Engineer Zhao.
July 1, 2001 |
Everywhere in Beijing are signs that this is it, the time for Beijing to take its place on the world stage, a place the Chinese fervently believe is rightfully theirs. Already, Beijing's symbol of the 2008 Olympic Games, a stylized tai chi action figure, is emblazoned seemingly everywhere--on posters, on highway monuments, even in neon lights on the facades of large buildings. The Olympics are topic No.