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University Games Set to Stream from Shenzhen
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As the 26th University Games begin Saturday in Shenzhen, organizers are preparing to stream 100 hours of live coverage and 30 hours of on-demand video from 24 sports.

Anna Myzdrikova (Russia)

The webcast at will be a first, according to the International University Sports Federation (FISU), which oversees the biennial event.

The women's team final begins Saturday at 7 p.m. local time (7 a.m. Eastern) with the women's team event. The host Chinese, however, will not be fielding a full women's squad. World and Olympic champion Cheng Fei had been on the preliminary roster, but withdrew because of injury. China will be represented only by Guan Wenli and Xiao Kangjun, neither of whom are current national team members.

Russia is the favorite to take the title from China, the defending champion from the 2009 University Games in Belgrade. Anna Myzdrikova — alternate to Russia's 2010 world champion squad — leads the team, which also includes veteran Yulia Lozhechko, Alyona Polyan, Irina Sazonova and Yekaterina Skorodumova.

Ukraine also sent a strong team, which includes Olympians Anastasia Koval and Valentina Golenkova and 2009 European balance beam champion Yana Demyanchuk.

2009 parallel bars world champion Wang Guangyin leads the Chinese men, who will try to top defending champion Japan and 2009 runner-up Russia.

Other standouts in the field include Romania's Flavius Koczi, Ukraine's Nikolai Kuksenkov, Poland's Roman Kulesza and Canada's Nathan Gafuik.

External Link: 2011 University Games

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