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While the Brazilians mourned their failure at this year's FIFA World Cup nike vapormax mujer baratas , many Chinese found themselves in a similar position, lamenting the final results of the 2014 European Mahjong Championship. Ending last week in France, the two Chinese delegations to the championship only ranked 37th and 39th among the 51 participating teams.

Although it's difficult to pinpoint when this game began nike vapormax hombre baratas , mahjong is widely recognized as having its roots in ancient China. While the tile game has evolved over the centuries, its popularity has never faded. A fun leisure time activity that can be played almost anytime and anywhere, people can be seen playing mahjong everywhere from community parks to playing while floating around in a swimming pool.

However nike vapormax laceless baratas , with the disastrous defeat of the Chinese delegation, netizens are wondering how one of Chinese people's favorite activities has become a source of shame.

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First, popular as it is among Chinese nike vapormax blancas baratas , most people only regard mahjong as a game rather than a sport, the latter of which actually has different rules compared to the more relaxed version played by most people.

According to a report on sport.qq, these strict rules help reduce the chances that someone can win out of sheer luck.

""The biggest difference between the sport and the game is that the former is more complicated to play... It looks like a simple math question nike vapormax negras baratas , but is in fact a complicated matter of probability. It is a test of a person's intelligence and mentality,"" Hu Zhiwei, winner of the 2008 Mahjong Super Cup China District Finals in Guangzhou nike vapormax off white baratas , Guangdong Province, told sport.qq.

""The Chinese players who took part in the championship do not represent the highest level of professional mahjong in China,"" Sheng Qi nike vapormax be true baratas , chief director of the United Association of Chinese Mahjong Sport and one of the rule makers for professional mahjong in China, told the Global Times.

The 80-year-old sports mahjong advocate explained that the delegations that joined the championship were made up of Chinese players who were only fans of mahjong and that they went to France out of personal interest rather than having been selected through national competitions. To his knowledge no players who currently hold high ranks in China actually took part in the event.

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While the game is extremely popular in China, very few people are aware of mahjong as a sport. In his column for news.ifeng nike presto hombre baratas , columnist Zhang Hansi joked that there were several ways to bring more attention to the sport of mahjong: having ""mahjong girls"" who dance during breaks and bringing in commercial sponsors, who could then have their brands put on the back sides of the tiles.

Joking aside, he pointed out that without high audience interest nike presto mujer baratas , mahjong as a sport will continue to suffer as there will be little money for awards which in turn means little incentive for quality players to participate in tournaments.

However a more key problem in getting sports mahjong off the ground is that unlike other sports which hold a high reputation with the general public, mahjong faces the major obstacle of being associated with gambling.

While some schools outside of China hold mahjong classes for even children, Sheng said that many government authorities in China treat the game as a source of gambling and are opposed to promoting it.

""Actually soccer also has a close link with gambling as well nike presto mid utility baratas ,"" Sheng noted, stating that the idea of equating mahjong and gambling is a misconception among people that needs to be changed.


WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- US women's football goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended six months Wednesday from the national team following her comments about the Swedish players as "a bunch of cowards", US Soccer announced Wednesday.

Solo, 35, made such comments as she felt Sweden played too defensively in a quarterfinal match during the Rio Olympics women's soccer tournament. Sweden ousted the the United States 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw.

"The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players," US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement Wednesday.

"Beyond the athletic arena, and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect. We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles, with no exceptions."

The defeat stopped US women's football team from the final four for the first time in Games history, as they have won four golds and a silver since women's football was introduced to the Olympic programme in 1996.


MELBOURNE, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Australia's premier football league, the Australian Football League (AFL), has moved ahead in order to play a regular season match in China in 2017.

Travis Auld, the general manager of AFL operations, visited Shanghai last week inspecting multiple venues for the proposed venture.

The AFL is hopeful that one of its 18 clubs, Port Adelaide, will play one regular season match each season for the next three years in Shanghai, beginning as early as 2017.

Auld was joined on his mission by the AFL's national venues manager Simon Gorr, a Port Adelaide official, a turf consultant and representative of venue and event management firm Populous.

""We decided to get everybody together so that we could look at the sites in one hit. But there are now two or three options worth a serious look,"" Auld told News Limited on Tuesday.

In order to see a game take place during the 2017 AFL season, which takes place from March until September, all parties will have to reach an agreement on a venue by the end of August.

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