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Teenage prodigy Ren Qian is among 13 Chinese divers to qualify for next month's Olympic Games here, the sport's world governing body FINA confirmed.

Ren, 15, will be among the gold medal favourites in the individual 10-metre platform, having scored a perfect 10 in the category at the FINA World Cup in February, which also served as the official Olympic test event, reports Xinhua.

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China's Wanda Group will be the exclusive partner of the Federation of International Basketball (FIBA) for their worldwide sponsorship, the sale of licensing rights and global marketing for the period of four basketball World Cups upto 2033.

At a signing ceremony here on Thursday, both FIBA and Wanda announced that their long term partnership will start with immediate effect and cover all FIBA-sanctioned activities including the men's and women's World Cups, Continental Cups as well as the Youth World Championships.

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Bayern Munich have announced the opening of an office in Shanghai on September 1, in order to strengthen the presence of the Bavarian football giants in Asia.

In a statement on Tuesday, the club said that the managing director of this new site is Rouven Kasper, who will be responsible for at least six employees.

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Two former English international football stars have unveiled plans for a new venture to specialise in the development of soccer schools and coach education programmes in China. Michael Owen, whose career took him to Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid, is joining forces with former Liverpool captain and England international Mark Wright in their venture, Red Sports.

The dynamic duo want to play a key role in helping China's ambition to become a football superpower with aims to develop a national team capable of winning the World Cup.

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Chinese multi-millionaire Martin Lee was on Tuesday announced as the new owner of an A-League football club, the Newcastle Jets. After months of negotiations, Lee and his Ledman Group - a major LED lighting manufacturer - have reportedly bought the Jets for $4.1 million. This is the first major Chinese investment in the A-League's 11-year history.

The Jets are one of 10 teams who make up Australia's premier men's football league - the Hyundai A-League - and are governed by the Football Federation Australia (FFA).

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Zhu Ting top scored for the third successive night as China wrapped up the first weekend of 2016 FIVB women's volleyball World Grand Prix by beating defending champions United States 3-1 (25-20, 25-19, 15-25, 25-23) here.

Zhu, who had inspired China to victories against Thailand and Germany earlier this week, led her team again in scoring - with 17 points. US middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo finished with one point less on Sunday.

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Chinese men's basketball team survived Team American United's test to win the first friendly between them 81-77 here after three key players, Yi Jianlian, Guo Ailun and Zhou Qi returned.

Li Gen's two free-throws with 2.2 seconds left sealed the win for China on Wednesday. American United took a 7-0 run in the final minutes to cut the host's lead from nine points to only two at 79-77. Joey Williamson then stole the ball from Guo Ailun but Mitchell Anderson failed to make the lay-up. With 3.1 seconds to go, Li Gen drew the foul and delivered the two free throws.

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