This is the first book to offer a comprehensive overview of the history and development of sport from the ancient to the contemporary era in China. It addresses the gap between the vibrant academic scholarship within China and the limited understanding of Chinese sport outside of the country. It opens different perspectives on Chinese sport and addresses a wide range of issues central to the development of sport in the context of Chinese culture, politics, economy, and society. It explores a diverse set of topics including the history of Chinese traditional sport, the rise of modern sport and the Olympic movement, sport and nationhood, sport and politics and international relations, sport and physical education, sport and economy and commerce, sport and social stratification and diversity, and sport leisure and tourism. It offers critical insights into the multifaceted world of China, past and present—a contribution to our collective knowledge and understanding of Chinese sport and society—and is useful reading for students, researchers, and professionals with an interest in the field of China and Chinese sport.

This Handbook has been contributed to by a team consisting of 88 leading Chinese and Asian experts and scholars with varied backgrounds of studying and working in European, North American, and Australian universities, as well as Western scholars with expertise on China and its sports system and practice. It is composed of ten parts classified by different subjects. It provides a wide lens through which to better contextualise the relationships between China and the world within the global sport community.

The Routledge Handbook of Sport in China is a vital resource for students and scholars studying the history, politics, sociology, culture and policy of sport in China, as well as sport management, sport history, sport sociology, and sport policy and politics. It is also valuable reading for those who are working in international sport policy making and sport organisations.

chapter |5 pages


part II|51 pages

The Rise of Modern Sports and Olympics

chapter 8|11 pages

Physical Liberation and Feminism

Women's Sports in the Republic of China

chapter 11|7 pages

Going Global

China's Participation in the Olympics During the Republic of China

part III|15 pages

Sports, Politics, Diplomacy, and International Relations

part IV|49 pages

Sports Policy, Law, and Governance

part V|47 pages

Sports and Physical Education in Schools

chapter 24|5 pages

From the ‘Cooperation of Sports and Education’ to the ‘Integration of Sports and Education’

The Road of Training Elite Sport Talents in China

part VI|53 pages

Sports and Physical Fitness for the Community and Society

part VII|60 pages

Elite Sports Development, Chinese Character, and Nationalism

chapter 33|8 pages

China at the Asian Games

Progress and Prospects

chapter 34|7 pages

Athletes' Development in China

The Success and Challenge

chapter 35|7 pages

Flying the Flag at the Olympics

Representing Nation Through Elite Sports Space

chapter 37|7 pages

The Effects of Hosting the Olympic Games in China

From Host and Non-Host Cities' Perspectives

chapter 40|8 pages

Inheritance and Enrichment

The Cultural Heritage of Beijing Olympic Games

part VIII|45 pages

Sports Economy, Commerce, Business, and Management

chapter 43|5 pages

Sport Economy and Urban Development

chapter 44|7 pages

Leisure Sports in China

Policy and Practice

chapter 46|11 pages

“An Art of Regrets”

Creativity and Constraints in Olympic Documentary Making in China

part IX|53 pages

Sports in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan

chapter 47|7 pages

A Review of Taiwan Sports

chapter 50|7 pages

The Development of Sporting Culture in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Gay Games 2023

chapter 52|5 pages

Olympic Model

Consensus on Cross-Strait Sports Communication Since the Reform and Opening Up of the People's Republic of China

part X|35 pages

Research Structure, Funding, and Management

chapter 55|7 pages

Management of Chinese Sports Science Research

Sport Science Institutes, Societies, and Organizations