What they say

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA -

“For quite a long time in China, sport’s func­tion was lim­ited to just earn­ing your coun­try glory in ath­letic com­pe­ti­tions. We paid too much at­ten­tion to the re­sults. In US col­leges, sport is a way of ed­u­ca­tion, a means of self­im­prove­ment and a cra­dle to de­velop virtues such as team­work and the abil­ity to han­dle ad­ver­sity, which pre­pare a per­son for a ca­reer in any field.” Yao Ming, for­mer NBA All Star and Basketball Hall of F amer “The gap be­tween the US and Chi­nese col­le­giate sports sys­tems is ev­i­dent in many as­pects, in­clud­ing ath­letic train­ing, stu­dent ath­lete man­age­ment, com­mer­cial oper­a­tion and me­dia pro­mo­tion. No mat­ter how far our school sys­tem is from cul­ti­vat­ing Olympians in the same way the US sys­tem does, we have to main­tain faith and set higher stan­dards, con­tin­u­ing to work on and im­prove the sys­tem so that China’s col­le­giate ath­letic de­vel­op­ment can thrive in the fu­ture.” YiJi an dong, dean of Pek­ing Univer­sity’ s “I think the Chi­nese sys­tem is rec­og­niz­ing that ed­u­ca­tion is about more than just learn­ing from books. I think China can def­i­nitely learn from the US model of hav­ing ed­u­ca­tion that in­cludes athletics. In the Ivy League, the ath­letic ex­pe­ri­ence is part of stu­dents’ ed­u­ca­tion, be­cause stu­dent ath­letes are learn­ing skills through sports that they can use in their fu­ture life and ca­reer.” Robin Har­ris, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of theIvyLeague “The aca­demic rigor and stan­dards for stu­dent ath­letes (at Stan­ford) are high. When you are a stu­dent ath­lete, you are com­pet­ing in the class­room with some of the smartest peo­ple in the world, so it’s not easy. You do have a lot of re­sources to en­sure a bal­ance. The ex­pec­ta­tion in China is per­haps that you can­not pur­sue an aca­demic and elite sport­ing ca­reer. But there will be many young peo­ple who have the ca­pa­bil­ity to do so if they are given the chance, and the sup­port and re­sources they need.” An­drew Vla­hov, for­merS­tan­ford men’ s basketball player and a four­time

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