Is China over-obsessed with gold medals?

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the August 8th, 2012

China’s Global Times takes a look at the current debate over the country’s drive for gold medal dominance in this year’s Olympics. And it concludes:

    The London Olympic Games has resulted in new happiness and confidence for Chinese society. Four years ago, the Chinese delegation topped the gold medal tally on home soil. This time, Chinese athletes continue to win glory overseas. The Chinese public is surer about the country’s capabilities. No matter what the critics say, sporting achievements attest to the country’s progress.

    Patriotism cannot be denied. It is not denied in any country. It is one of the core values of China, helping sustain its civilization for thousands of years. Patriotic feeling is strong and authoritative. A few try to win attention by condemning patriotism. As long as China has an open public opinion platform, such voices are bound to exist.

And it takes a swipe at those who think otherwise:

    Liberal tendencies are strong in China’s public opinion sphere. Extreme voices often cross the bottom line. We can just check people around us. Are there many people who would like to see Sun Yang or Liu Xiang lose? Are they in the majority? The answer is clear. We don’t have to care too much about a few grudge Internet posts.

If there ever is any question about what the Olympics is all about, a look back at the 1936 Berlin Olympics will provide the answer.

Here’s an interesting read on the genetic manipulation of athletes. Is it in the works or is it already happening?

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