Last Update 21:58
Tuesday, 19 March 2019

China says expects tough challenge for medals at Rio

Reuters , Tuesday 19 Jul 2016
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1252
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1252

China expects strong pressure to win medals at next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro from teams which have begun to better challenge its dominance in sports like badminton, state media said on Tuesday.

China topped the medals table at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and came second at the 2012 London Olympics behind the United States, events where Chinese wins were celebrated with an outpouring of national pride, something likely to be repeated in Brazil.

But China is trying to keep a level head.

Sports minister Liu Peng said China's delegation had to "keep a clear head, calmly analyse and correctly grasp the serious situation of the Rio Olympics ahead of us", the official China Sports Daily reported.

The English-language newspaper said China will face a tougher time in Brazil to keep up their dominance in sports like gymnastics and badminton as other countries have improved their abilities.

"However, we should try our hardest to make progress in high-profile and mass popular events such as swimming, track and field and collective ball games in Rio, to inspire greater public participation in sports," Liu said, according to the China Daily.

China will send 416 athletes to Rio de Janeiro next month, its largest overseas delegation in Olympic history.

Liu said they are also taking a zero-tolerance approach to doping and have taken "all necessary measures" to ensure that the athletes are clean.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

 
Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.