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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperSports / StarsSoccerBasketballVolleyballTennisGolfTrack & FieldSwimmingMotorChinaStarsEditors Pick:Brazil World Cup-winning captain Carlos Alberto diesLippi to be coach of Chinas national team: reportRio 2016 Olympic GamesSilk Way RallyKobe BryantJust in:China beats Germany 7-4 in mens curling Olympic qualification10:31Gremio facing uphill battle in FIFA Club World Cup: coach10:12Spanish coach Lillo parts ways with Atletico Nacional09:59Bayern beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in UEFA Champions League09:23Guoan swoops for Lucas08:41NBAs Shoemaker ending China stint08:41Russia banned from Pyeongchang Winter Olympics07:58David Shoemaker to step down after seven years as NBA China CEO14:46Former Jiangsu Suning striker Jo voted best player in Brazil10:42Paraguay part ways with coach Arce10:28new srcMarquee(“ScrollMe”,0,1,808,30,30,3000,3000,30)Organizers welcome Liu Xiang to join in Rio Olympics as a fan(Xinhua) Updated:2015-04-08 10:24Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallRIO DE JANEIRO – The organizers of the 2016 Olympic Games welcomed Liu Xiang to come to Rio de Janeiro and to enjoy the Games as a fan after the Chinese Olympic hurdles gold medalist announced retirement on Tuesday.”Rio Olympics will be very sad not to have Liu Xiang as an athlete,” Mario Andrada, Rio 2016 director of communications, told Xinhua through telephone.”We just hope that he can come and visit us. Enjoy Rio and enjoy the Games even if he comes as a fan. Even as a fan, he is someone that we cannot miss.”Liu became Chinas first male Olympic champion in athletics when he won the 110m hurdles at the 2004 Games, equalling Briton Colin Jacksons world record of 12.91 seconds. Three years later he won a world championship gold in Osaka, Japan.Liu bettered the world record to 12.88 seconds in Lausanne, Switzerland, in July 2006. Aries Merritt of the United States is current world record holder in 12.80.At the 2008 Beijing Games, Liu limped off in a first-round heat with an aggravated Achilles tendon injury following another runners false start.Four year later at London Olympics, Liu Xiang pulled out of competition again for a similar claimed reason.”Lius retirement is a huge loss for the sport. He is one of the greatest athletes of his times and the symbol of his fans and his country,” Andrada said.”Besides Liu, China still has plenty of stars at the Olympic platform. Take the dominance of their badminton and table tennis teams for example. Im sure that China will have a good performance during the Games.”As the first Olympic Games in South America, the Rio Olympic Games will be held between Aug 5 and 21 next year.8.03KRelated StoriesEmotional farewell from Olympic hurdler Liu XiangNo heir in sight as Olympic legend Liu retiresLiu Xiangs famous quotesLiu Xiangs injuriesProfile of Liu XiangLiu Xiang: A career in picturesFormer world champion Liu Xiang announces retirementLessons must be learned from Lius retirementLiu Xiangs retirement anticipatedLiu Xiang expected to announce retirementStar hurdler Liu Xiang announces retirementLiu Xiang expected to announce retirement on TuesdayWhy hurdler Liu Xiang choose to retire now?Chinas top athletics star Liu Xiang to retire in AprilFormer world champion Liu Xiang set to retire: reportPhotoPyeongchang Winter Olympics torch relay kicks offTokyo marks 1,000 days until 2020 Olympic GamesFed Express eclipses his old foe Rafa againChinese sprinter Su Bingtian and wife hold wedding ceremony in hometownLi Na tastes local delicacy during WTA Wuhan OpenPlayer party held for 2017 WTA Wuhan OpenMost PopularWhats HotLiu Xiang: A career in picturesHighlightsSerby beats Wilson 10-2 to win first snooker China Open titleHighlights of Wednesdays NBA gamesLast goal helps China tie Tunisia at FriendlyEnglands Townsend grabs late equaliser against ItalySpecialLi Na retires from tennis17th Asian GamesUS OpenNanjing Youth Olympics…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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