No Iron Rice Bowl for China's Athletes

In the same week that China's Yao Ming landed in Shanghai to announce his retirement from the NBA, China's former "key athlete," Zhang Shangwu, was found begging in a Beijing subway station. At 5, Zhang Shangwu was shipped off to a training camp for Chinese athletes, to be forged into a top competitor on the still rings. In 2001, the Hebei native was chosen to represent China in the World University Games although he had no formal education off the gym mats. Zhang walked away from the

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