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A volunteer teacher from Nigeria is proving to be a hero among his students in Wuhan. Having donated 5,000 yuan to the school he works at, the Adam Scholarship will help pupils learn English.

The donation ceremony was held during the short break time at the Chunmiao Primary School. Adam won a 5,000 yuan bonus on a TV program on the 22nd of February. He immediately thought of the children in Chunmiao.

After just a brief meeting with the children of Chunmiao Primary School on a TV program in May of 2010, Adam became destined to bond with the children there.

One month later, Adam started his new role as an English teacher in the school. He usually teaches five lessons a day, instructing students from different classes and grades. On teaching days, he gets up very early at 6:30am and takes the No 715 bus to travel from his university to the primary school.

Adam has a different way of teaching from his Chinese counterparts. In the classroom, he resorts to all kinds of gestures to encourage students. Outside, he will start a conversation – in English – whenever he comes across his students, to help them practice listening and speaking in a casual environment. His warm smile and heart co
nquers all his students.

Adam was born in Nigeria in 1985, and is now a third-year student majoring in sociology. With regards to his future, he says he would like to continue to pursue a PhD in Wuhan after he finishes his current studies. He has promised he will continue to serve as an English teacher for the students in Chunmiao primary school as long as he stays in Wuhan.

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Teaching English in the nation’s rural areas is no mean task, given textbook content that has no local context and teachers who themselves lack proficiency in the language.

“Morning! Morning! Morning!” repeats a group of third-graders loudly after their teacher, first in English and then in Chinese. This is followed by other words from their vocabulary list, taking up half the 45-minute English class at Wangji School in Dongxiang county, Northwest China’s Gansu province.

Although the class of 47 third graders of Wangji take three English classes a week, few can respond to their teacher trying to initiate a simple conversation with a new face at school.

“Kids here are very smart,” teacher Ma Yanhong, 24, says. “But they are very shy. Encouraging them to speak out is the hardest part for me. In the presence of strangers, very few kids are brave enough to raise their hands and answer my questions in English.”

More than 90 percent of the teachers and students here belong to the Dongxiang ethnic group, which has its own language and whose members are Muslim. Most are fluent in the Dongxiang language, but find it hard to communicate in Mandarin.

Ma began teaching in Dongxiang county in 2010. She says when she first started, she sometimes had to explain an English word first in the Dongxiang language and then in Mandarin to make sure that every student understood.

Wangji School has just two English teachers teaching eight classes from the third to the sixth grade.

“We face a serious shortage of English teachers,” says Yang Junwei, head of the education department of Dongxiang county. Attracting university graduates to take teaching positions in the county has always been difficult. “The place is poor and isolated and some graduates find it almost impossible to communicate with the locals,” Yang says.

“In many primary schools, majors in other disciplines often double as English teachers. They have no training in English teaching and just know some simple words and sentences,” Yang says.

Even Ma, who graduated with an English major in 2009, finds her proficiency in the language wanting after teaching for one year.

“Every time I participate in a teaching seminar in Lanzhou and see students from urban areas responding quickly to their teachers and hear their clear pronunciation, I feel sad. I feel I’m not capable of teaching students well with what I learned in college. I am trying to improve by learning English online every evening after class.”

Both of the school’s English teachers graduated from the Gansu Normal University of Nationalities in Gannan Tibet autonomous prefecture. Ma says she has never visited any place outside Gansu.

Poor knowledge of the outside world is a common problem for teachers in Dongxiang, no matter what subjects they teach.

At Zhongbao Hope Elementary School, a school founded by China Daily in 1999, some teachers find it hard to introduce topics they themselves are unfamiliar with, to their students.

Ma Xiaojun, 25, has been teaching English in Zhongbao for four years.

“Here, we use books that are common to all primary schools across China, and the teaching material is decided by China’s education department,” he says. “But for many topics in the books, we have no idea how to explain them to the kids.”

One example he gives is of an English lesson that deals with traffic rules.

“The book explains that in China, cars keep to the right side of the road, while in many other countries, such as Britain and Australia, cars keep to the left,” he says. “But most children have no idea where Australia is, or even about traffic. Many of them walk 7-8 km of mountainous roads from home to school.”

While teachers grapple with providing context to their lessons, what Wangji student Zhao Rui, 11, misses most is the one class taught by a teacher from Beijing.

Last year, a group of students from Peking University went to Dongxiang to spend some time teaching the students of Wangji School.

“Our teacher was called Tom. He was tall, and spoke beautiful English,” Zhao recalls. “He explained things very clearly. I remember how he taught us about colors. He said yellow is a coward and purple is shy.”

These are the only names of colors the girl remembers clearly to this day.

Similar problems crop up with Chinese literature lessons too.

Tang Xiuli, 34, has been teaching Chinese to third graders at Wangji for nine years. She has just finished reading a story to them titled A Little Photographer, which is about a Russian student trying to take a photo for renowned Russian writer Maxim Gorky.

When a China Daily reporter visited the class and asked the students what they understood by the word photographer, the class fell silent, before one of them shouted, “a journalist!” But he had little idea of what journalists did.

When asked who Gorky was, the class fell into a longer silence.

“Do you think he is from China?” the reporter prompted.

“Yes!” said the whole class, without missing a beat.

Only four students in the class of 44 had ever had their photos taken or seen a camera – and that was in the village studio.

Ma Xiaojun, who is now taking an online English teaching course, says: “My biggest wish is to write an English book for teaching students in Dongxiang.

“The book will have content that children here are familiar with, such as their ethnic dress, special celebrations for festivals and their rural lifestyles. They would be very interested in learning about something close to their lives, in English.”

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“I’m much stronger now, don’t you think?” said Kim Lee, flexing her arm and smiling. We had bumped into each other in the elevator to her lawyer’s office, where we had arranged to sit down for our interview.

I have met Lee twice before; the first time just a short while after she made headlines by posting on her micro blog pictures of bloody head injuries allegedly inflicted by her husband, Li Yang, a well-known entrepreneur.

She was right. She looked a lot better, more relaxed and confident, and far less tired.

The 40-year-old has had a turbulent six months and is going through a very public divorce from Li (the first hearing was on Dec 15). Yet, as she chatted about the Christmas she had just spent with her three children back in her native Florida, it seems she has had a chance to recharge her batteries and think about the future.

“I want to change my environment, maybe work in Guangzhou or Zhuhai (both in Guangdong province),” she said, as we walked into a small, sixth-floor office in a tall building next to the East Fourth Ring Road. “Some educational institutions have invited me already. Maybe I’ll teach in a winter camp, too.”

You could say education is Lee’s family business. Her mother was a teacher and, before she met Li Yang, founder of the Crazy English language school, in 1999, she had spent almost a decade working at schools in the United States. She also home-schooled her three daughters, now aged 9, 5 and 3.

Getting back to work, she says, will help distract her from the pain of being separated from her children, who are staying with relatives in the US until the divorce is finalized.

“I really miss them, but they don’t miss me,” she said with mock anger. Then, with sudden excitement, ruffled through the glossy down jacket she had taken off moments earlier and produced a set of photographs.

In one of a young girl on stage at a spelling bee, she pointed out her second daughter, Lila. Then, almost in a whisper, she added: “Her personality is so much like her dad. She is the most like him (of the three). She loves attention, loves people looking at her. She likes the crowd.”

It was the first mention of Li Yang during the interview, and the effect on the mood was as if he had just walked into the room.

The conversation soon turned to the topic of domestic violence and the media fallout over Lee’s accusations against her soon-to-be ex-husband. She claims he regularly slapped her face and pulled her hair during arguments, and twice injured her so badly she needed hospital treatment.

In August, following what she called the second serious incident, Lee decided to upload pictures of her injuries on Sina weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

“(Before making the allegations online) I went to the police and told him (Li Yang) that I had gone, but he didn’t care. He was still confident there would be no result,” she said, adding that her decision to speak out was partially fueled by the fear of what her children may think. “If kids see you beaten by your husband several times and you say it’s OK, they will think that it’s OK. That’s terrible. I don’t want my kids to think it’s OK for a woman to be abused by a man.”

Although Lee says she uploaded the images to attract the attention of Li Yang, an avid Internet user, they were trended on Sina weibo and within hours had been shared by hundreds of thousands of bloggers.

“The first reason (I posted them) was because I wanted it to stop, I wanted to protect myself,” she said, adding that she was not prepared for the media frenzy that ensued. It was not long before both husband and wife were being bombarded with reporters’ requests for interviews.

Both have received their share of criticism in the last six months, including some people who accused Lee of simply seeking fame.

“I’ve received great support and encouragement from most Chinese people in the past five months,” she said, recalling briefly with tears in her eyes how an elderly Chinese woman in Beijing’s Tuanjiehu Park had recognized her one morning and given a thumbs-up.

Lee said she can accept “ugly” words from netizens but cannot help arguing with people who say domestic violence is acceptable. In interviews, Li Yang admitted hitting his wife but said it was a small mistake, and he claims Lee is using the case to become famous. (Li Yang declined to comment when contacted by China Daily.)

“That upsets me, the fact that he sees himself as a victim, that I did something to hurt him,” Lee said, raising her voice, her first visible sign of anger that morning. “He still thinks the biggest problem is that I exposed the violence.”

Since the media attention, Lee has spoken at a domestic violence conference in Beijing and, in some people’s eyes, has become a hero for women caught in abusive relationships.

“I’m not a hero,” she said when asked about how she is viewed. “That’s not my job.

“The difference between a Chinese and US woman in such a relationship is that when an American woman finally gets the courage to speak out, she knows the support is there. The law (in the US) is very strong. But here, even if a woman speaks out, it’s very difficult,” said the mother of three, who plans to write a book about domestic violence for Chinese women.

“I don’t think other women can follow my example, because I’m an American I can leave the country; I have lots of options. However, I hope I have made it clear to men who abuse women that it’s not OK.”

At the end of the interview, Lee finally sat back in her soft, brown armchair and took a sip of the coffee she was carrying when we arrived. It had gone cold long ago.

“I just want an ordinary, quiet life,” she added. “But I still believe in love.”

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Zigong City in Sichuan Province, has been holding a lantern festival from as far back as the Tang Dynasty, more than a thousand years ago. The Zigong Lantern Festival has just opened to public.

Zigong Lantern Festival in Sichuan Province has a long history as a traditional and colorful New Year celebration.

This year, the festival is showcasing more than 80 sets of lanterns in various shapes, including elephants, birds, dragons and pavilions.

And it’s also gone green — cutting up to two thirds of its energy use compared to previous years.

Wang Shengli, Deputy Director of Zigong Lantern Festival, said, “This group of lanterns uses the characteristics of famous Chinese pavilions — but it’s not a simple reproduction. They also draw inspiration from buildings in the Ming and Qing dynasties. It’s one of the largest lantern sets in the history of Zigong Lantern Festival.”

                            

Zigong City in Sichuan Province, has been holding a lantern festival
from as far back as the Tang Dynasty, more than a thousand years ago. The Zigong Lantern Festival has just opened to public.

With 2012 being the year of dragon, it’s naturally the theme of this year’s festival.

But each dragon lantern varies from one to another, both in shape and materials.

The exotic combinations have attracted many visitors.

Tourist of Zigong Lantern Festival, said, “There are more lanterns this year, and all of them have bright colours. The design of this corridor is beautiful and has the style of ancient China.”

                           

Zigong City in Sichuan Province, has been holding a lantern festival
from as far back as the Tang Dynasty, more than a thousand years ago. The Zigong Lantern Festival has just opened to public.

“The lanterns this year are much higher than before. They’re colourful and have a lot of variety.” Tourist said.

If you’re clever enough, you can try your luck to solve the riddles written on some lanterns.

“It’s interesting and I can learn more by solving the riddles.” Said the tourist.

The Zigong Lantern Festival doesn’t stand still — it’s also been out on tour, appearing in at least 500 cities in China, and 36 countries and regions across the world. Around 300 million domestic and international visitors are estimated to have been to the festival, during its travels.

Brazil’s recent spat with FIFA is adding uncertainty to the country’s 2014 World Cup preparations. Concerns are growing over lagging stadium projects and unsolved bottlenecks in infrastructure improvements. CCTV reporter Peter Koveos has more details on the problems facing the country’s plan to host the tournament.

The clock is ticking for the South American country’s officials as a team of 40 FIFA experts landed in Brazil on Tuesday to evaluate the progress in the host cities.

Brazil’s Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo speaks about the criticism over 2014 World Cup preparations during a news conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday March 3, 2012.Rebelo announced Saturday it will refuse to deal with with FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke following his “unacceptable” criticism over the country’s preparations for the 2014 World Cup. Rebelo called for FIFA to assign another official to work with the government. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

While FIFA officials may have apologized for their secretary-general’s harsh comments last week, Jerome Valcke’s words only marked a further escalation of a dispute that has simmered for years as stadiums, hotels, roads and other basic infrastructure for the 2014 Cup continues to run drastically behind schedule.

Brazil’s Former star Ronaldo, also a member of the Local Organizing Committee, says Valcke’s comments are harsh but true.

Ronaldo said, “It does not mean Valcke is wrong about his complaint, because Brazil made a commitment to deliver this World Cup law a long time ago, but now there are many things behind schedule.”

Brazil’s Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo (2nd R) and Pernambuco Governor Eduardo Campos (R) observe the site of the Arena Pernambuco that is being constructed to be one of the host stadiums for the 2014 World Cup in Recife March 7, 2012.

Brazil is struggling to get airports, trains, hotels and roads ready for the event and its curtain raiser, the 2013 Confederations Cup. The delays have ballooned costs and reduced the extent of the infrastructure projects that had been planned for the World Cup.

One Brazilian economist says the country is now fighting the clock.

Marcelo Neri, Brazilian economist and infrastructure expert, said, “This is a serious problem and Brazil’s infrastructure will have to improve very quickly, otherwise the problem will never get better, it will only get worse with time.”

The team of FIFA inspectors who visited Sao Paulo’s Itaquera stadium Tuesday, say they are glad to see quick progress in the work, which started a year behind schedule.

Despite the government’s repeated vows to deliver a flawless tournament, most of the host cities have failed to meet deadlines, and nobody knows if they will be accomplished on time.

A wide view showing the site of the ongoing construction of what will be the new soccer stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday March 6, 2012. The stadium, expected to seat as many as 65,000, will host the opening match of the World Cup in 2014 on June12, located in the Itaquera neighborhood. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

FIFA inspectors make a technical visit to the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on March 7, 2012. Beira Rio is undergoing renovation works for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014. (AFP Photo/Jefferson Bernardes)

Just a month after the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration, Chinese people have another tradition to cheer for. The second day of the second lunar month, or “Er Yue Er”, is not only considered a time for a refreshing haircut, but also the day when the dragon awakens and raises its head.

In the ancient time of China, as the temperature began to rise at this time of year, this date usually marked the end of farmers’ winter break and the beginning of a new agricultural season.

In the Song Dynasty, more than 1,000 years ago, this date was dubbed “the Festival of the Flower Goddess”. Later, in the Yuan Dynasty, people were encouraged to take spring outings around this time.

However, the idea of the dragon raising its head comes from Chinese astronomers of the Qing Dynasty.

According to their observations, a Chinese constellation of a dragon appears in the night, and the second day of the second lunar month is the time when the star that marks the horn of the astronomical dragon rises above the horizon.

Returning pandas to the wild requires long term adaptation and training. The China Panda valley in Chengdu is the newest transitional training area, providing a safe environment for the endangered bears to develop their survival skills.

This Panda Valley is located deep in the mountains of China’s Sichuan province, full of pandas’ favorite food, bamboo. The 6 giant pandas have been released here, but they’re not on their own yet. They need to develop several survival skills before being released into the wild.

The China Panda valley in Chengdu is the newest transitional training area, providing a safe environment for the endangered bears to develop their survival skills.

Giant panda specialist Dr. Qi Dunwu said: “If the captive-bred pandas are not taking the wilderness adaptation training, they will not able to find food by themselves, they will have difficulties finding shelter by their own, and most importantly, the captive-bred pandas are fully reliant on humans. To leave for the wild, without years of wildness training, they will not able to survive.”

 The China Panda valley in Chengdu is the newest transitional training area, providing a safe environment for the endangered bears to develop their survival skills.

These half dozen bears, Xing Rong, Xiong Ya, Gong Zai, Zhi Zhi, Qi Qi and Ying Ying will stay in the China Panda Valley for years. It’s not just about developing a stronger wild panda population, but protecting those already in captivity.

Giant panda specialist Zhang Zhihe said: “The ultimate goal for captive-bred panda is to return them to the wild some day, so the wildness training is very important and also requires a similar wild environment to let the pandas live in the wild, but at the same time, we can train them to survive. Another thing is that, the captive-bred pandas are living in a very concentrated area, to some extent; this is threatening the safety of all the pandas in captivity.”

60 years ago, a local villager discovered the first wild panda in Du Jiang Yan area. The ultimate goal of moving these pandas back into the wild, is to stop the giant panda from becoming extinct. Thanks to the China Panda valley, the chances are fewer and fewer.

Reporter: “Specialists told us that the wilderness adaptation training is only a transitional phase of the program as a whole, and that it might take years to complete. With luck, the 6 pandas will rise to the challenge, and ultimately be able to live on their own in the wild.”

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  The China Panda valley in Chengdu is the newest transitional training area, providing a safe environment for the endangered bears to develop their survival skills.

 

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Chances are that International Women’s Day is a much bigger deal here than in your home country. After all, in China (as well as Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria) it is considered a national holiday. Before men get to grumbling too much, don’t forget that you get to enjoy some of the perks, too. So what are you waiting for? Go out and enjoy your half-work day in style. We know you’ve earned it.

DINING

Le Petit Gourmand Fancy some hot cocoa, or perhaps a glass of wine? Desserts and drinks are 30 percent off for the day.

SALT and Terra   All women get a free glass of bubbly. Go to Terra with a group of four gals and buy a bottle of Duval Leroy champagne (RMB 600), and you’ll also get four free massage vouchers to Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat (valued at RMB 168 each).

LIBATIONS

Beer Mania   When chicks buy two Lindemans beers (peach, cherry, blackcurrant, raspberry or candy sugar flavor), they get a free scoop of Belgian ice cream. Yum. 9pm.

French Cultural Centre   On this special day, women get free entrance. Guzzle wine and canapés all evening long. Free. 6-8pm.

George’s   W
atch Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin wreaking havoc in the workplace in the film, Nine to Five. Free. 8pm.

Hidden Lounge    This new Shuangjing bar (reviewed in our latest issue) offers women free Blueberry Freeze or Hidden Special cocktails all night. Other cocktails are just RMB 20-35. Free. 6pm-midnight.

Kro’s    Go and prove that the female sex is smarter at their weekly quiz night. Free. 8pm.

Lantern   Celebrate the ‘60s, the decade that gave birth to the Women’s Liberation Movement. Grrrls, put on your favorite go-go boots or bell-bottoms and enjoy free-flow old-fashioned cocktails (i.e. Sidecars, Vodka Gimlets and Old Fashioneds) before midnight. Free. 9pm.

Modernista   Soak up jazz siren Nancy J. Brown’s sensual tunes. Free. 9.30pm.

Starfish   Compass Box, Viva and 85 Broads are hosting a “Whisky and Women Unite” cocktail night. Donations go towards EGRC, a charity that helps women and girls from poor areas of Gansu province get into education. RMB 100 (includes whisky cocktail, three Oregon oysters and a raffle ticket). 5pm-late.

Twilo   Free cocktails for women. Free. 9pm-midnight.

Xiu   It’s Ladies Night every Thursday at Xiu, and Women’s Day is no exception. Two free drinks for girls, plus 30 percent off all bottles of Absolut. Free (for women). 9pm.

Zeta  Dance performances, gift giveaways – plus a second floor “girl-zone-only.” Free. 9pm.

SHOPPING

LMC   Enjoy free refreshments as you preview and pre-order this womenswear boutique’s spring collection. Plus there’s complimentary gifts with any purchase. Free. 5-8pm.

NLGX Design Store   Their fourth anniversary happens to coincide with Women’s Day. Get 60 percent off everything at their Nanluogu Xiang store for the day. Free. 11am-11pm.

PAMPERING

The Spa at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing    Since most of us get half-days (or don’t have to work at all!), take your extended “Spa Lunch Break” here. RMB 580+15%. Book at 5812 8888 ext 8560.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa (Financial Street)   The “Beauty Rejuvenation Treat” consists of a 60-minute body massage and five-course menu by Qi master chef Jimmy Wang. Book at 6601 6666. RMB 1,999.

SPORTS

Beijing Ladies Golf   The women’s golf team launches their season in style. RMB 250 (lunch), RMB 400 (membership). 11am. Capital Club.

Bowling League   Time to out bowl the boys. Price TBD. 8-10pm.

We couldn’t possibly have included all the deals available this day. If you know of any others, feel free to share them below in a comment.

 

A man calling himself ”eagle dad” recently stirred up a public controversy after he uploaded a video of his 4-year-old son, whom he had forced to run naked in the snow, to the Internet.

The father He Liesheng, 44, considers himself a new Chinese parental archetype in the tradition of the so-called ”tiger mom”.

“When the old eagle teaches its young, it takes the young eagles to the cliff side, beats them and pushes them to teach them to use their wings, and I believe I am helping my son in this way — to force him to challenge limitations and exceed his own expectations,” said He.

On a family vacation to New York during the Spring Festival holiday, He recorded the video of his son running naked in a –13 C blizzard.

After He uploaded the video to the Internet as a ”New Year’s gift” to his friends, the post received a flurry of hits and comments criticizing He’s so-called lesson to his child.

He said on Tuesday that his son He Yide was diagnosed with cerebral palsy because he was born a premature baby, which could hinder the intellectual development of a child. To make the son as healthy as others, He drew up a training schedule and rigorously adhered to it. The training included swimming, mountain hiking and jogging but not running naked.

“The naked run on Chinese New Year’s Eve just represents my good wish for the coming year,” He said.

The father said he is confident in this style of education because he majored in education in university and worked as a teacher for seven years before becoming a businessman in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. And He said his son now has scored very high on an IQ test.

However, a famous writer for children disagrees. ”From tiger mom to eagle dad, the parents always say they are doing the right thing for the good of their children. But in my point of view, they are just forcing the children to become successful so that they themselves could feel powerful,” said Lu Qin, a columnist known as ”caring sister”who works for Chinese Teenagers News.

The term”tiger mom” was first popularized by Amy Chua, a Chinese-American mother who swept both US and China with her book The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, in which she describes the strict upbringing of her two daughters.

Following Chua’s example, a Hong Kong businessman Xiao Baiyou, the self-styled ”wolf dad”, published a similar book touting how his philosophy landed his three children at a prestigious university.

“They even advertise their theories and take pride in their abuse,” Lu Qin, the columnist said. ”What they are most focused on is how their children perform better than others, but they fail to see the possible harm caused by violation of the natural order of childhood growth.”

“The parents do not pay attention to how some children turn rebellious due to high pressure from their parents, and some have even killed the parents or ruined their own lives. I really feel indignant at their wrongheaded theories.”

However, the ”wolf father” spoke in defense of himself and other tough Chinese parents.

“I support ’eagle father’, because there should be different methods for early education, and he has chosen one fit for his son,” said Xiao Baiyou.

“You don’t know how hard it is for a parent to treat his own child so strictly, but if this is the only way, it’s worth a try for every parent, including me,” Xiao said.

The Chinese Pediatric Association Chairman Zhu Zonghan said there is no scientific evidence showing the benefit of ”eagle dad’s” naked running exercise. ”This is against the natural law of growth,”Zhu said.

Xu Pengfei, a pediatric doctor with China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing, agrees with Zhu.

“There is special cold-weather training in Japan and Korea, but the training should be carried out step by step. If the father had taken the child jogging year round, the training is acceptable,” Xu said.

“Moreover, the father’s explanation that sports enhanced the child’s intelligence lacks scientific basis. Education can only lead to a modest change in IQ.”

 

Kenyan runner Vivian Cheruiyot won the Laureus Award on Monday as the best Sportswoman of the Year.

She snatched gold medals of both 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the World Championships in Daegu.

One of the great distance runners of this generation, Cheruiyot ran a final kilometer in the 5,000 meters competition of 2 minutes and 41.76 seconds, the fastest ever in World Championship history.

In the 10,000 meters, she finished as her personal best with 30 minutes 48.98 seconds. Earlier this year Cheruiyot won the World Cross-Country Championship in Punta Umbria in Spain.

In the award ceremony, the 29-year-old lady in her silver evening dress appeared emotional, with her voice shaking. ”Last year was a big year for me,” she said.

Cheruiyot said she started running 5,000 meters since the age of 14. ”I prefer the 5,000 because I used to do it. The 10,000 I started last year.”

When asked about her advice to young people who would like to be involved in the sport, Cheruiyot said, ”you have to love it.”