Week one of the 2016 Rio Olympics has come upon us and despite it not being the best of games like in previous periods, there has never been a dull moment. China, once again, has been showing that it is a force to be reckoned with as it has collected its fair share of medals and broken a couple of records along the way.
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Last week, when visiting the Hubei Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium, a newly built structure to be used as a training center for Chinese gymnasts in the national team, Huang Yubin, head coach of Chinese gymnastics team and deputy director of National Gymnastics Administrative Center, said in a meeting that Chinese gymnastics is facing a crisis of talent famine and "may draw gold blank at the London 2012 Olympic Games."
Five golds, two silvers and four bronzes - the performance of Chinese athletes at the Vancouver Games has been nothing but outstanding during the celebration of Chinese New Year. But back home, sports officials in Beijing are fumbling, as a bronze medal the Chinese gymnastic team won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics could be stripped soon.
As gymnastics officials may have helped Chinese athletes falsify birth documentations just like the football and basketball teams have been doing in the country, it looks they forgot to remind the players that they should keep lying.
But this is about a team that is in the midst of redesigning its identity and turning the best dance team in the country into its most professional. This is about a group of women that show an unconditional love for dance when they step out on the floor, giving nothing less than everything in the name of teamwork. This is about working the hardest, training the most and truly understanding what dedication means. It is not about Cho, but about the women she is training and the future she wants for them.
China Sports Review previously told you about the age scandal over Chinese basketball and football players. Li Zhigang, a reporter from Sports Illustrated China, posted an article on his blog yesterday about the investigation over Yi Jianlian's age. Yi, now playing at the New Jersey Nets, entered NBA in 2007/2008 season.
If someone digs, age-scandal stories of this kind can be found in almost every football clubs in the country. The reason no one gives a hoot about it is because Chinese football has been lying there in a perennial slumber for so long. And oh, by Chinese football we mean men's national football team. If you look at the performances of Chinese U17 or U20 men's team you'll find they're actually not as bad as their elders, the U17 team even made it to the quarter-finals of FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2005 in Peru. This suggests that the pace, strength, stamina of these 'boys' outruned their foreign peers at the time. The bad news for Chinese footballers is their peers do grow, and we all know what can be expected later.