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China Sports Weekly (5.8-5.14)

14 May 2022, 23:30 GMT+10

Here's the latest Chinese sports headlines over the past week:

1. China edged by S. Korea in Uber Cup final, suffers quarterfinal exit at Thomas Cup

China's women's badminton team was edged by South Korea 3-2 in an epic final that lasted seven hours on Saturday.

Chen Yufei and He Bingjiao won their respective singles match, but the South Korean shuttlers levelled the overall score twice through doubles victories.

Sim Yu-jin beat Wang Zhiyi 2-1 to clinch the final victory for South Korea, who lifted the Uber Cup for the first time since 2010.

On Thursday, China's men's team bowed out of the Thomas Cup after being swept 3-0 by Indonesia in the quarterfinal.

2. 2023 AFC Asian Cup to be relocated from China

The 2023 AFC Asian Cup football tournament will be relocated from China to a new venue, the Chinese organizers confirmed on Saturday.

"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Organizing Committee cannot pledge at this moment to hold next year's Asian Cup competition under a fully open model," read a statement.

The AFC has yet to decide on a new host nation.

The upcoming edition of Asia's flagship national team competition was scheduled to take place from June 16 to July 16, 2023.

3. Young China men's volleyball team to go all out for Paris 2024

China's men's volleyball team is set to embark on its qualifying campaign for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games when the 2022 Volleyball Nations League (VNL) kicks off in June.

"We will try our best in the VNL and the World Championships so that we can earn enough points to qualify for the Olympic qualification tournaments," said head coach Wu Sheng.

There will be three Olympic qualification tournaments each featuring eight teams - 24 in total - defined by the FIVB rankings of September 12, 2022.

4. Chinese basketball club mourns after former player Payne shot dead in U.S.

The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) club Nanjing Monkey Kings on Tuesday paid tribute to its former player Adreian Payne, who was shot dead at the age of 31 in Florida, United States.

"Thank you for once being here, Adreian Payne. Rest in peace," the club said on its Weibo account, with many fans leaving comments to honor the former CBA player and first-round NBA draft pick.

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