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- China has “basically solved” the problem of online gaming addiction among its youth, according to a new report co-authored by the country’s top gaming industry body.
- The report, titled “2022 China Game Industry Progress Report on the Protection of Minors,” says the share of minors who spend less than three hours a week on online games has grown to more than 75%, all thanks to anti-addiction policies.
- Back in September 2021, the National Press and Publication Administration, which oversees the licensing of video games in China, began to require game companies to ban children from playing more than three hours per week.
- In March, the Cyberspace Administration of China also released a draft that asked companies to improve gaming rules to prevent addiction and ensure that children avoid contact with content that could affect their physical and mental health.
- While Chinese children no longer spend as much time on online games, all those lost hours are now spent on watching short videos, according to the report.
China has “basically solved” the problem of online gaming addiction among its youth, according to a new report co-authored by the China Game Industry Group Committee, the country’s top gaming industry body.
Back in September 2021, the National Press and Publication Administration, which oversees the licensing of video games in China, began to require game companies to ban children from playing more than three hours per week. This window is set from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, weekends and on public holidays.
- Olympic freestyle skiing champion Eileen Gu announced on Tuesday that she will serve as an ambassador for the U.S. Olympic Committee for its bid to host a Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2030 or 2034.
- “I have always said that sports are this unique avenue to global communication, to interconnection and to building those bridges,” Gu was quoted as saying. “It’s this microcosm that really gives me hope for society at large. I think that the Olympics are the biggest platform for that.”
- The news immediately became a trending topic on Weibo, with Gu receiving mostly support from her Chinese fans.
- An editorial published in China’s state-run Global Times similarly expressed support for Gu’s decision and praised Chinese internet users for having “an open-minded attitude.”
Eileen Gu’s announcement that she will become an ambassador for the U.S. Olympic Committee received mostly support from her Chinese fans.
The Olympic freestyle skiing champion announced that she will be aiding the committee in its efforts to host a Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2030 or 2034 at the Time 100 Summit in New York on Tuesday.
Speed skater gives away his Beijing Winter Olympics gold medal to protest China’s human rights violations
- Olympic speed skating champion Nils van der Poel gave away his gold medal to protest human rights violations in China.
- Van der Poel handed his gold medal to Angela Gui, daughter of Gui Minhai, who disappeared in 2015 after publishing a book that criticized the Chinese government and is now detained on espionage charges.
- The 25-year-old Swede had won a gold medal in both the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter speed skating event at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
- Van der Poel has voiced concerns over human rights violations in China while criticizing its selection as an Olympics host nation.
Swedish Olympic speed skater Nils van der Poel gave his Beijing Winter Olympics gold medal to the daughter of a man detained for publishing a book criticizing the Chinese government to protest the nation’s human rights violations.
Angela Gui posted on Twitter about Van der Poel visiting her in Cambridge, England, yesterday, after he handed her his gold medal from the 10,000-meter speed skating event to honor Angela’s father. Van der Poel also won gold in the 5,000-meter speed skating event at this year’s Winter Olympics.
- Japanese Olympic speed skater Miho Takagi won her first gold medal in the 1,000-meter speed skating competition on Thursday.
- Takagi finished her performance with a final time of 1:13.19, beating the previous Olympic record of 1:13.56 set by Jorien ter Mors at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
- The 27-year-old had won three silver medals prior to her gold medal win in the 1,500-meter, 500-meter and team pursuit speed skating competitions.
After winning three silver medals at the Beijing Winter Games, Japanese speed skater Miho Takagi set an Olympic record during the 1,000-meter women’s speed skating final on Thursday en route to her first gold medal.
Takagi set an Olympic record during her performance at the 1,000-meter event on Thursday, finishing with a final time of 1:13.19. The previous Olympic record, set by Jorien ter Mors at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, was 1:13.56.
US Olympian alleges his Twitter was suspended after he praised China on ‘stellar job’ hosting Winter Games
- Aaron Blunck, a three-time U.S. Olympic skier, alleged that his Twitter account was suspended after he complimented China’s operation of the Beijing Olympics.
- During a press conference interview with reporters on Sunday, the 25-year-old praised China’s handling of COVID-19 protocols and criticized the media’s coverage of the Games.
- Blunck’s Twitter was purportedly suspended shortly after, and he took to Instagram to question the platform’s alleged decision.
- Several of Blunck’s teammates have shared his positive sentiment about the Olympic Village in Beijing.
U.S. Olympic skier Aaron Blunck alleged that his Twitter account was suspended after he praised China for a “stellar job” hosting the Winter Olympics and criticized media coverage of the Games.
The 25-year-old athlete told reporters in a press conference on Sunday that China had done “a stellar job with the whole Covid protocol,” reported the Washington Examiner. “Being stateside, you kind of heard of some pretty bad media, and that is completely false.”
US-born freeskier Eileen Gu wins second medal at the Beijing Olympics with silver finish in slopestyle
- California-born freestyle skier, Eileen Gu, landed a silver medal on Tuesday’s slopestyle course at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
- The 18-year-old barely fell short of the gold medal, scoring only 0.33 points behind Swiss freestyle skier Mathilde Gremaud.
- Gu finished the slopestyle course with a final score of 86.23.
- The young Team China athlete is now set up to potentially become the first action-sports athlete to win three medals at a single Winter Olympics game.
Freestyle skier Eileen Gu has won her second medal at the Beijing Winter Games, finishing second in the slopestyle course on Tuesday and falling just short of the gold by only 0.33 points behind Mathilde Gremaud.
Competing in subzero temperatures, Gu was sitting in eighth place after the first two runs but managed to land a big score on her third run, placing second with a final score of 86.23, reported the New York Times. The first-place winner of the slopestyle course, Mathilde Gremaud, finished with a final score of 86.56.
‘50% for China’: Speed skater Liu Shaoang wins Hungary’s first-ever Winter Olympics individual gold medal
- On Sunday, Chinese Hungarian short-track speed skater Liu Shaoang won Hungary’s first-ever individual gold medal at a Winter Olympics, as well as the country's first individual gold medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics during the 500-meter event.
- “My mum stitched two flags together – the Hungarian flag and the Chinese flag," Liu told Reuters prior to his gold medal win at Sunday's event. "I want to win not only for the Hungarian people and not only for myself, I want to win for the Chinese people as well. I am 50/50. If I get any medal, 50% is for China and 50% is for Hungary.”
- Liu also won bronze medals in the mixed team relay and the 1,000-meter event.
- Liu was also part of the team that won first place during the 5,000-meter relay in short track speed skating in 2018 – Hungary's only other gold medal in the Winter Olympics.
- Liu is the younger brother of Shaolin Sandor Liu, who was disqualified in the final of the men’s 1,000-meter event last week.
- Liu’s win comes amid a controversial last few weeks in the sport in which referees have been accused of favoring Chinese athletes.
Short-track speed skater Liu Shaoang led throughout the men’s 500-meter event on Sunday to win Hungary’s first-ever individual gold medal at a Winter Olympics, as well as the country’s first gold medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
The Chinese Hungarian athlete defeated Russian athlete Konstantin Ivliev and Canada’s Steven Dubois, who took the silver and bronze medals respectively, reported Reuters.
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Korean netizens claim China appropriated South Korean traditions in Beijing Olympics opening ceremony
- Many South Korean netizens are expressing their disapproval over China’s alleged appropriation of South Korean traditions during the Olympics opening ceremony.
- While presenting the Chinese flag, a young woman wore clothing that strongly resembled a Korean “hanbok”.
- Chinese dancers also performed their version of the "pungmul," a traditional Korean folk dance in a segment captioned to imply that the dance originated in China.
China’s Olympics opening ceremony featured hanboks and traditional Korean dances, prompting accusations from South Korean politicians and netizens that China is claiming South Korean traditions as their own.
During China’s opening introduction, several Chinese citizens and military officials presented the flag while wearing a variety of traditional Chinese garments to highlight the ethnic groups throughout China. Among the presenters was a young woman wearing a pink and white hanbok, sparking outrage among South Koreans.
- Florida Republican lawmaker Mike Waltz claimed NBC refused to air “Genocide Games,” his purportedly $40,000 ad which calls out specific U.S. companies for supporting the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
- The ad also criticizes China’s government for alleged human rights violations.
- “This is the equivalent of holding the Olympics in Germany in the 1940s or Rwanda during their atrocities,” Waltz said of the ongoing Winter Games. “It is beyond the pale that the [International Olympic Committee] didn’t move the games.”
- Some of the companies mentioned in the ad, which features Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter Freedom, include Procter & Gamble, Visa, Coca-Cola, Airbnb, Intel and Nike.
- NBC refuted Waltz’s claim, saying that it had requested the lawmaker to censor the names of the companies in his video.
Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) claimed NBC refused to air an ad that calls out U.S. sponsors of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and accused China of human rights violations.
In a tweet on Saturday, the Republican representative from Florida said the news station refused to air his ad, which he called “Genocide Games,” unless he censored the U.S. companies’ names in the video, Mediaite reported.
- China won its first gold medal at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics due to Team USA being penalized and disqualified.
- Judges reviewed the semifinal of the short-track speed skating mixed-gender team relay over the weekend and found that Team USA impeded China twice.
- The host country narrowly beat Italy by 0.016 seconds in the finals, with a total time of 2:37.348 for China. Hungary took third place after judges disqualified Canada due to a collision.
China won its first gold medal at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics after Team USA was penalized and then disqualified after a review of the short-track speed skating mixed-gender team relay over the weekend.
Team USA came in second after Hungary during the semifinal speed skating race on Saturday, earning the American team a chance to win gold at the finals. Meanwhile, China finished third, but only the teams that place first and second can advance to the finals, according to Yahoo! Sports.
- The 2022 Beijing Olympics are officially underway following visually stunning performances and a symbolic opening ceremony.
- The segment included a snowflake performance bearing the names of every participating country and with snowflakes in the shape of a Chinese knot to represent unity and peace.
- Athletes walked across LED-enabled floors during the Parade of Nations, and the symbolic ceremonial flame was held by two athletes, one of whom is Uyghur.
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics have kickstarted the Games with a grand opening ceremony that featured fanfare, stunning visuals with LED lights and symbolic performances that embodied themes of youth and peace.
To celebrate the arrival of spring, the opening ceremony began with the performance “Spring Awakening,” which included 400 performers equipped with large LED sticks to mimic the movement of spring willows. The costumes were designed by Chen Peng, a Chinese fashion designer.