Former Olympic basketball player Sui Feifei caused an internet storm at the weekend by wearing a trendy Ed Hardy tracksuit top featuring the Japanese flag when collecting her Chinese Coach of the Year award.
Sui, coach to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) team and technically a serving officer in China’s military, provoked the ire of nationalists after being pictured in the designer top at the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association awards in Jiangsu. “Fire Sui Feifei! A PLA wearing a Japanese sweater!” one poster wrote on sports.cn.yahoo.com.
“She has to realize that she is a PLA officer. It is unacceptable for her to wear such a sweater in a public place. This is a very sensitive issue for many people,” the poster wrote.
Japan invaded and occupied much of China between 1931 and 1945. Rancor over wartime atrocities has subsided somewhat as a diplomatic flashpoint, but it continues to shape public attitudes in towards Japan.
Last month, the head of the country’s top sports university said China must urgently address the physical fitness of the nation’s youth or run the risk of raising a generation incapable of fighting the Japanese in a future war.
What athletes wear on national duty is also sensitive, as curler Wang Fengchun discovered when he was wore a US team cap with his Chinese uniform on the way home from the Winter Olympics.
His sacking was compounded by the offense, officials said.
“Road Runner” Alphonso Davies lived up to his nickname with another lightning sprint on Saturday as Bayern Munich opened a 10-point lead in the Bundesliga. Having defeated second-placed Borussia Dortmund 1-0 away in midweek, Bayern enjoyed a 5-0 romp over Fortuna Duesseldorf. Defender Mathias Joergensen scored an early own-goal before Benjamin Pavard, Robert Lewandowski (2) and Davies scored for Bayern. With five games remaining, the defending champions, who have won their past eight league games, are comfortably on course for an eighth straight league title. Davies scored the best goal of the game when the fleet-footed defender pressed Duesseldorf into making a mistake, barged
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