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Published Monday, December 16, 19 | By PaulvHill

Football in the People's Republic of China consists of association football (Chinese足球pinyinzúqiú) as well as the China national football team. Modern football has been one of the most well supported sports in China since it was introduced in the early 1900s. The country was erroneously recognized by disgraced former FIFA president Joseph "Sepp" Blatter as the first to invent football, 5000 years ago through Tsu' Chu, an ancient Chinese ball game (although there is no lineage between Tsu' Chu or Cuju and modern football). For saying this and other concessions China honored Blatter with a shrine to football, although it is universally accepted that football was officially formalized in England in 1863, originating from a simple game that had been played for many centuries between villages in England.

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Published Monday, December 16, 19 | By PaulvHill

Rugby union in China is a growing sport; however, it is still not overly popular. China became affiliated to the International Rugby Board in 1997 and as of 28 May 2018, its women's XV side was ranked 24th and its men's XV side 87th in the world. Neither the women's team nor the men's team has yet qualified for a Women's Rugby World Cup or a men's Rugby World Cup. However, China has hopes of one day hosting the men's event.

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Published Monday, December 16, 19 | By PaulvHill

In sportracing is a competition of speed, against an objective criterion, usually a clock or to a specific point. The competitors in a race try to complete a given task in the shortest amount of time. Typically this involves traversing some distance, but it can be any other task involving speed to reach a specific goal. A race may be run continuously to finish or may be made of several segments called heats, stages or legs. A heat is usually run over the same course at different times. A stage is a shorter section of a much longer course or a time trial. Early records of races are evident on pottery from ancient Greece, which depicted running men vying for first place. A chariot race is described in Homer's Iliad.

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Published Monday, December 16, 19 | By PaulvHill

Table tennis, also known as ping-pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using small bats. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, the rules are generally as follows: players must allow a ball played toward them to bounce one time on their side of the table, and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side at least once. A point is scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules. The play is fast and demands quick reactions. Spinning the ball alters its trajectory and limits an opponent's options, giving the hitter a great advantage.

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Published Monday, December 16, 19 | By PaulvHill

Originally having participated in Olympics as the delegation of the Republic of China (ROC) from 1932 to 1948, China competed at the Olympic Games under the name of the People's Republic of China (PRC) for the first time in 1952, at the Summer Games in HelsinkiFinland, although they only arrived in time to participate in one event. That year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) allowed both the PRC and the Republic of China (which recently relocated to Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War) to compete, although the latter withdrew in protest. Due to the dispute over the political status of China, the PRC did not participate in the Olympics again until the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, United States. Their first appearance at the Summer Olympic Games after 1952 was the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States.

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