Former Gymnastics Champion Reduced to Poverty

25 Jul

The situation of former World University Games gymnastics champion, Zhang Shangwu, who has been reduced to making a living as a street performer begging for food, has upset a lot of people who are wondering how this could have happened to someone who once hailed as a sports hero.  According to an article at Netease, at the age of 20, Zhang ruptured his Achilles tendon during training and then planned to retire and go to school but ran into opposition from his coach.  With his health in poor condition, he received 30,000 yuan in compensation. But times became tougher and he soon found himself going to jail for stealing on several occasions.

A special report on Zhang Shangwu’s situation can be found at Phoenix Net, a Hong Kong-based news organization.


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