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UPDATED: 15:33, December 30, 2004
People's Daily releases top sports events in 2004
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People's Daily, the National Daily Sports News Academy and China Sports Daily etc. jointly released on December 28 China's and world's top ten sports events respectively in 2004. It is expected that those major events selected through wide participation of sports lovers and the deliberation of those engaged in sports news will stay in people's memories.

Top ten China's sports events are (in chronological order):

1. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao signed the State Council Decree No. 398 for the "Anti-Doping Regulation", which took effect on March 1. The regulation is an embodiment of the Chinese government's serious attitude and firm stance in the undertaking against doping.

China enters new era in anti-doping with new law

2. Lenovo (former Legend) Group, signed cooperation agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games (BOCOG) and Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee (TOROC) joining the Olympic Partner Program (TOP) in its sixth tenure.

Lenovo joins elite club of Olympic sponsors

3. In May, Chinese men's badminton team reclaimed the Thomas Cup since their last winning since 12 years ago and the women's team realized their fourth consecutive championship.

China claims the Thomas Cup title

4. In June, China E-sports Games sponsored by All China Sports Federation opened in eight provinces and cities. The games was a brand-new national league after it was newly included into the 99 state-held sports last year.

5. On June 4, the fraud in the scratch-and-win sports lottery in southwest Chinas Shaanxi Province was uncovered. At last, Liu Liang was given back his deserved BMW. The 12 sentenced include the sales selling contractor with the Shaanxi Provincial Sports Lottery Administration Center and Jia Anqing, former director of the Shaanxi Provincial Sports Lottery Administrative Center.

Xi'an lottery winner drives away his BMW car

6. In August at the 28th Olympic Games, China achieved historic breakthrough with 63 medals. 32 gold medals lifted China onto the second place for the first time. Liu Xiang breaks the Olympic record of men's 100m at 12.91 seconds. Chinese women's volleyball team won the Olympic gold medal since the last time twenty years ago.

China re-gains Olympic gold medal in women's volleyball

Liu Xiang makes history

Chinese gold medallists in Athens

7. Shanghai succeeded in hosting China's inaugural Formula One (F1) Grand Prix on September 26.

China's inaugural F1 Grand Prix

8. 2004 is "the year of sports in rural areas." In October the Fifth National Farmers' Games, the largest ever, were held in Jiangxi Province.

Fifth National Peasants' Games

9. China failed to qualify the final qualifiers in Asia zone for 2006 Germany World Cup. Chinese Premier League and soccer reform suffered disturbances.

China out of finals for World Cup despite 7-0 win over HK of China

Chinese soccer body releases reform plan

10. On December 9, Liu Peng succeeded Yuan Weimin to be head and deputy secretary leading party group of State General Administration of Sport.

China names director of State General Administration of Sport

Top ten international sports events are (in chronological order):

1. The flame of Athens Olympic Games was lit at Temple of Hera at Olympia, Greece on March 25. The Olympic torch kicked off global relay on June 4 and later visited China, South America and Africa for the first time.

Olympic flame lit in Olympia, torch relay starts

2. On June 3, Kim Un-yong, former vice president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and chief of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), was sentenced to detention of two years and six months and fined US$673, 500. Lim was accused of embezzling over US$ 2.1 million and taking bribery of US$ 3.27 million.

S. Korean IOC member sentenced to jail

3. Greece beat Portugal 1-0 in the final of the 12th European Championship on June 5, claiming the legendary title at its debut in the games.

Greece crowned European champion

4. American cyclist Lance Armstrong won on July 25 his sixth championship at Tour de France. He is till now the biggest winner in the race.

Armstrong wins record 6th Tour de France 

5. The 28th Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece from August 13 to 29. Over 10, 000 athletes from 202 countries and regions took part in the sports gala. 57 delegations have their names inscribed on the gold medal tally with the United States, China and Germany as the top three.

Athens embraces returned Olympics

6. German Michael Schumacher of Ferrari won the Formula One Grand Prix 2004 World Championship ahead of schedule on August 29 to be the first racer in F1 history to have won the championship seven times.

7. On September 12, Swiss Roger Federer, won US Open 2004 to turn himself into the first tennis player to claim three Grand Slam titles within one year since 1998 and the fourth ever.

Roger Federer wins US Open 2004

8. American Paul Hamm held on his Olympic all-around gold medal in gymnastics at Athens Olympic Games after Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected the appeal from Olympic Committee of the Republic of Korea and ROK's Yang Tae-young on October 21.

American gymnast Hamm keeps Olympic all-round gold

9. US National Basketball Association (NBA) imposed on November 21 its severest punishment in its history. The nine players engaged in the brawls at a game between Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons were suspended for 140 games.

Artest, O'Neal, Jackson, Wallace indefinitely suspended

10. US BALCO, which develops and sells Tetrahydrogestrinon (THG), disclosed that American Marion Jones, once used prohibited drug. Jones won three gold and two bronze medals at 2004 Sydney Olympic Games.

Sprinter drug claims threaten Olympic crisis

By People's Daily Online

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