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Two former Chinese champions challenge their country from Spain where they are refugees

They are the ones whose name should not be spoken. Those whom the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has chosen to deny so as not to lose face. Two idols that have become pariahs, sacrificed on the altar of the higher interest of the nation. Two undisputed figures of Chinese sport, he top scorer in the history of football selection, she double world champion (1995, 1997) and ex-world number 1 in badminton; erased from history books if not from memories. Two rarely spoken “traitors” in exile whose memory fades a little more every day since they took a stand against the authoritarian regime of Xi Jinping a little over two years ago. At the risk, assumed, of losing everything.

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