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    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=right border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/Pound_article.jpeg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>WADA chief Richard Pound. (ATR)</B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><B>Anti-Doping Chief Urges More Tests</B><BR><BR>World Anti-Doping Agency president Richard Pound has praised China's efforts to crack down on doping but urged it to conduct more tests.<BR><BR>"China has built a sound framework to tackle doping in sport and it is nice to see the progress is going up," Pound said during talks with Chinese anti-doping officials in Beijing. "But there is still a long way to go because it is a big and complicated country," he said.<BR><BR>Pound compared Australia's 8,000 tests annually with China's 7,000. "It is an imbalance which is really not commensurate with a really effective anti-doping program," state media quoted him as saying. <BR><BR>"I don't think the number of tests performed bears any relationship to the size of the sporting population in China.<BR><BR>"They must find where the cheating is taking place and find a way to stop it, partly through education and partly through strict tests." <BR><BR>During his visit, the Beijing Sports University awarded Pound an honorary doctor's degree.<BR><BR><B>Coach Hit Me Says Banned Runner </B><BR><BR>Top Chinese distance runner Sun Yingjie, who is serving a two-year doping ban, says she suffered 10 years of physical abuse from her coach, Wang Dexian. Sun's claims have made a big impact in state newspapers and television.<BR><BR>Sun, 27, said she decided to part company Wang this year after the worst attack in her career.<BR><BR>"He beat me with a belt after I contradicted his wife," she told CCTV.<BR><BR>"It is the most ruthless attack since I started training with him more than 10 years ago."<BR><BR>Wang, who is also banned, refused to comment. But his wife, Zhu Fengling, described Sun's claims as "nonsense", the Beijing News said.<BR><BR>Sun, the 10,000-metre bronze medalist at the 2003 world championships,tested positive for androsterone after a domestic race last October. She has continued training in the hope of competing at the Beijing Olympics.<BR><BR><B>Two New Vice Mayors for Beijing</B><BR><BR>Beijing has appointed two new vice mayors, one of them after the head of city construction was sacked for corruption.<BR><BR>Chen Gang, the former director of the city's urban planning commission, will apparently take over from Liu Zhihua, the Beijing vice-mayor who headed the construction team for the 2008 Olympics. Liu was sacked for alleged corruption in June, but BOCOG officials insisted that Olympic projects were not affected by the scandal.<BR><BR>Chen, who has a master's degree in urban planning, was born in 1966 in the central province <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=left border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/SunYijie.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>Chinese distance runner Sun Yingjie.</B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>of Hubei, state media said.<BR><BR>Beijing Mayor Wang Qishan this week described Chen as a "solid professional with a pioneering spirit", while colleagues praised his "down-to-earth attitude and low-key style when facing the media", the Beijing News said. <BR><BR>Ding Xiangyang, former director of the city's commission of development and reform, replaces Zhang Mao as vice mayor, after Zheng was promoted to deputy director of the State Commission of Development and Reform in June. <BR><BR><B>Missing Boy Heads from One Zoo to Another</B><BR><BR>Police were surprised to find a boy who went missing at Beijing Zoo turn up a day later at the Shanghai Zoo.<BR><BR>The boy's parents contacted the police and put notices on the Internet after the boy got lost. A web surfer in Shanghai told them they saw someone fitting the boy's description at Shanghai Zoo.<BR><BR>The parents flew to Shanghai and found the boy was their son, who has impaired hearing and poor language ability, China Daily said. Police think the boy may have been kidnapped in Beijing but abandoned in Shanghai because of his disabilities. <BR><BR><I>Reported in Beijing by Bill Smith </I><BR><BR><B>Your best source of news about the race for the 2014 Olympics is, for subscribers only.</B>