"Li [Na] winning the French Open was a showcase of her competitive strength as well as a demonstration of the superiority of socialism with Chinese characteristics under the leadership of the Communist Party of China." -- Chinese Communist Party Secretary Li Hongzhong at a ceremony this week honoring the French Open champion.
It's an interesting theory and would help explain why democratic nations like the United States are in the midst of longer Grand Slam droughts than China. Still, I decided to do some research into the party secretary's quote to determine its validity. The findings are below:
The world No. 6 broke off from the state-run sporting system in 2009 after a well-publicized battle over training methods, coaches and pay. She didn't mention the Chinese government in her speech at Roland Garros, causing a minor controversy in the country.
- Communist Party of China