Swedish winter Olympic champion gives gold medal away to protest China’s human rights abuses

Published by
Hong Kong Free Press

Swedish athlete Nils van der Poel has given his gold medal from the Beijing Winter Olympics to to the daughter of jailed bookseller Gui Minhai, in protest against China’s “oppression” of free speech and human rights. Van der Poel met Angela Gui in Cambridge, in the UK, last Thursday, to hand over the medal he won for the men’s 10,000-metre speedskating race at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. It was one of two golds he won at the sporting event. On Friday, Angela Gui tweeted about the medal hand over and said van der Poel had dedicated his Olympic prize to her father and “countless other vict… Read more about Swedish winter Olympic champion gives gold medal away to protest China’s human rights abuses

Why Yuka Saso chose Japanese citizenship

Published by
Philippine Star

Luisa Morales – Philstar.com February 21, 2022 | 7:14pm MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-Japanese golfer Yuka Saso was always going to be faced with the difficult situation of choosing between her two citizenships — as stipulated by Japanese law, which bans dual citizenship once an individual turns 22 years old. And last year, though almost two years before her 22nd birthday, Saso already made the decision of choosing her Japanese nationality over her being Filipino. Now, back in the Philippines after two years, Saso explained the reason behind her decision. “First, I’m super proud of being half… Read more about Why Yuka Saso chose Japanese citizenship

McDaniel sisters bask in glory after clinching historic World Cup berth together

Published by
Philippine Star

Luisa Morales – Philstar.com February 7, 2022 | 1:17pm MANILA, Philippines — Being able to achieve a milestone in your life as an athlete is one thing, but to be able to reach it with your family playing by your side is another. And for sisters Chandler and Olivia McDaniel, being together with the Philippine women’s national football team as they reached the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup made it all the more special. Both having played huge roles for the Filipina booters in the Women’s Asian Cup in India, the sisters shared the delight of being able to create history together. “Being able to go … Read more about McDaniel sisters bask in glory after clinching historic World Cup berth together

Olympics a Sweet, Complex Homecoming for Chinese Diaspora

BEIJING — When Madison Chock looks outside here in the Chinese capital, the U.S. Olympic ice dancer sees glimpses of herself.“Every time I’m on the bus, I’m just looking out and studying the city and just imagining my roots are here, my ancestors are h…

Golf: The Senegalese Woman Who’s Beating All the Boys

SALY, SENEGAL — When pro golfer Oumou Dieye first started competing against men, she felt intimidated. They didn’t want to play with her, she says, and they didn’t take her seriously.But then, in her first match, she won.After that, she had all the con…