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Students may get sporting chance

By Tang Yue (China Daily)

15:12, March 10, 2012

A student from Shandong Liaocheng Sports College helps fifth-graders learn how to play basketball. The volunteer activity at Yuhong Primary School in Liaocheng, Shandong province, was part of celebrations to mark World Basketball Day on Dec 21. Zhang Zhenxiang / for China Daily

'Linsanity' could lead to a revolution in physical education, reports Tang Yue in Beijing and Dalian.

Want to know what impact Jeremy Lin, the point guard for the New York Knicks currently taking US basketball by storm, has had this side of the Pacific Ocean?

Just go to the ongoing two sessions of the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, the most important events on China's political calendar.

Having scored more points in his first five starts -136 - than any NBA player since 1976, the 23-year-old Chinese-American and Harvard graduate has not only won the hearts of millions of Chinese fans, but has also made statesmen here re-evaluate the country's education and sports systems.

"Things have to change," said two-time Olympic judo champion Xian Dongmei, now a deputy to the NPC.

"In China, many sportsmen and women like me spent way too much time on physical training after they were enrolled in sporting academies."

Deng Yaping, a four-time Olympic table tennis champion and CPPCC member, said sports should play a bigger role in the national curriculum. "Despite the heavy pressure of academic studies, children need more time to enjoy sport," she said. "It will pay off."

What happens now is a small number of youngsters are selected for intensive training at an early age, while the rest get little exercise due to demands in the classroom.

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Diuw at 2012-03-2324.215.200.*
Sports should be balanced with education in China.
PD User at 2012-03-13220.239.121.*
It"s sad to see that athelicsv who fought for Nation Glory to win Medal was so easily forgotten once they disappeared behind the TV screen and world stage.Years and whole life wasted.

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