Hurdler Liu Xiang May Run For Charity 2009: Beijing Chinese

Hurdler Liu Xiang may run for charity

BEIJING: Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang may publicly display his skills for the first time since he pulled out of the Olympics to students in
an area badly-hit by last year’s earthquake, state media said yesterday. The 110m hurdling champion is due to visit Beichuan county, in southwest China’s Sichuan province, to mark the first anniversary of the May 12 8.0-magnitude quake, the Beijing Times reported, citing unidentified sources. Liu Xiang is scheduled to participate in a charity event for a new school and will also teach a physical education class, where he is expected to show the children his hurdling skills, the report said. Liu Xiang, 25, has been in training in secret since he returned to Shanghai in March after three months in the United States, where he underwent surgery on his right Achilles tendon in December. The injury forced him to pull out of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing in August.
The hurdler has been cautious about returning to competition, saying he would not race in the August World Championships in Berlin and that he did not know if he would participate in a September meet in Shanghai. &mdash AFP

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