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China Sports Weekly (7.31-8.6)

XINHUA 徽标 XINHUA 2022/8/6 Su Bin

BEIJING, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Here are the latest Chinese sports headlines over the past week:

1. Qingdao triumphs in Clipper race

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Crew of Qingdao wave to spectators during a parade of sail at London's Royal Docks in London, Britain, July 30, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Ying)

Qingdao led a parade of sail at London's Royal Docks on July 30 after finishing as the overall winner of the 2019-20 season Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.

The journey started in the summer of 2019 from London, but was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic until this March. After racing over 40,000 nautical miles around the world, Qingdao, representing the Chinese sailing city, claimed the overall champion with a total of 145 points.

2. Chinese footballer Shen Menglu joins Celtic women's team

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Celtic FC released a poster to welcome Shen Menglu on the club's official Weibo account.

China's Shen Menglu has signed a two-year contract with Celtic FC's women's team, the Scottish club announced on July 30.

Shen, 20, joins Celtic from Portugal's Atletico Ouriense. The left-sided player previously played for Sporting Lisbon.

3. Wu Lei to return to Shanghai Port

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 Espanyol's Wu Lei celebrates his goal during a La Liga match against RC Celta in Cornella, Spain, April 10, 2022. (Photo by Joan Gosa/Xinhua)

Chinese international striker Wu Lei has confirmed that he will shortly move back to Shanghai Port from the La Liga side Espanyol.

He will have come a full circle with the move back to Shanghai Port, the club he left in January 2019 to join Espanyol.

4. 2022-23 CBA season to kick off on October 10

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Members of Liaoning Flying Leopards celebrate their title during the awarding ceremony in the 2021-2022 season of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league in Nanchang, east China's Jiangxi Province, April 26, 2022. (Xinhua/Wan Xiang)

The 2022-23 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) season will kick off on October 10.

According to an announcement released by the league's governing body on Monday, 20 teams will participate in the new season, which features a total of 42 rounds during the regular season.

The 20 teams will be divided into four groups with five teams each. Each team will play in-group teams three times and out-of-group teams twice. The top 12 finishers in the regular season will advance to the playoffs, which include round of 12, quarterfinals, semifinals and the finals.

5. All-Star guard Guo Ailun wants to leave Liaoning

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Guo Ailun (C) of Liaoning Flying Leopards breaks through during the semifinal against Guangdong Southern Tigers in the 2021-2022 season of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league in Nanchang, east China's Jiangxi Province, April 14, 2022. (Xinhua/Peng Zhaozhi)

All-Star point guard Guo Ailun asked Tuesday to leave Liaoning Flying Leopards after serving the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) champions for 12 years.

Guo, 29, informed the club of his intention through his agent team by e-mail on Tuesday, citing for better development of himself and better service for the Chinese national team as the reasons to leave.

The Liaoning Flying Leopards said on Friday that the club will stick to its contract extension priority rights with Guo Ailun in the CBA, unless he goes to play in the NBA or Euroleague.

6. Chinese golf pro Feng Shanshan announces retirement

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 Feng Shanshan of China competes during the women's individual stroke play 4th round of golf at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Saitama, Japan, Aug. 7, 2021. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

Chinese women's professional golfer Feng Shanshan announced her retirement through social media platform on Tuesday.

Before her announcement, the 32-year-old golf pro has been appointed as the head coach of the Chinese women's national team.

In November, 2017, she became women's world No. 1 and stayed atop for 23 weeks.

7. First China Youth Football League kicks off

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Players pose for photo ahead of the opening game on Aug. 1, 2022. (Photo courtesy of CYFL)

The opening game of the first China Youth Football League (CYFL) kicked off on Monday in Changchun of northeast China's Jilin Province.

The first CYFL, featuring U13 and U15 tournaments, is organized and hosted by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) under the guidance of China's Ministry of Education and State General Administration of Sports, with the aim of creating a youth football league with the widest coverage, the largest number of participants, the highest level of competition and the most social influence.

8. China's first 3x3 basketball pro league kicks off

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Team representatives of the 3x3 basketball league line up during the opening ceremony. (Provided to Xinhua by organizers)

China's first professional league for 3x3 basketball games kicked off in the city of Zhangjiagang, east China's Jiangsu Province on Thursday.

The league is made up of Men's 3x3 Basketball Super League (Super 3), Women's 3x3 Basketball League (3WL), and Men's 3x3 Basketball Super League Satellite (Super 3 Satellite). Super 3 Satellite is the second-tier league under Super 3. 

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