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Old 12-15-2017
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BEIJING — After their gold-medal-winning performance in Rio, the five male gymnasts proudly held up their nation’s flag, wide grins on their faces.

Yet the flag they lofted was not China’s, as it had been in 2008 and 2012; it belonged to Japan – Beijing’s chief Asian rival. There could be no greater insult to Chinese patriots, adding to a long string for disappointments at this year’s Olympic Games.

Doping charges. A botched Chinese flag. Day after day when China had fewer gold medals than – can you believe it? – Great Britain.
“#TeamChina have suffered the worst Olympic flop,” state-run Xinhua Sports tweeted on Wednesday, after the Chinese male gymnastics team lost to Japan, ending up with a bronze medal.

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A day earlier, Xinhua tweeted a photo of the medals table, with China third in golds, behind Great Britain. “You’re kidding me?” read the tweet, which was later deleted.

It’s hardly surprising Chinese state media would try to whip up patriotic fervor around the Olympics. In recent decades, China’s Communist government has invested large sums in its national sports teams. Like other governments worldwide, it sees the Olympics as an essential tool in building pride in the homeland and projecting strength abroad. This year, that image has taken a beating.

'So what if they can't win gold?'
Yet few ordinary Chinese citizens appear to share their rulers’ disappointment. On SinaWeibo, the main social media forum, many Chinese are expressing pride in Team China’s performance, regardless of its medal count. Some are criticizing the local media for presenting the Olympics as a competition between nations instead of what they are meant to be – a competition between the world’s greatest athletes.

“We cannot imagine the hardships they [the athletes] have suffered to get here,” said one Weibo netizen with the handle of Chitushaonvtui. “So what if they cannot win the gold medals? Should we deny their achievements just because of that?”

Some social media commentators are pushing back against such complacency. “This year, everyone says gold medals are not important, but I do care,” read one Weibo post. “Competitive sports is about fighting to win, how can you not care?”

In an editorial this week, the China Youth Daily argued that the country has outgrown the desire to be defined by Olympic performances. “China has already become a world power and does not need to prove its strength by winning gold medals,” the editorial said.

As of Thursday, Chinese athletes had won 19 gold medals, 15 silvers, and 20 bronzes. That’s an impressive tally, but it means China is nowhere near its performance in 2008, when the Games were held in Beijing and Chinese athletes topped the board with 51 gold medals. It is also likely to end these Games with far fewer than the 38 gold medals China won in London four years ago.

China usually is a powerhouse in badminton, gymnastics, and diving. At Rio, its athletes have struggled in all of those competitions, and more.

Four years ago, Chinese swimmer Sun Yang took gold in the 1,500m and 400m freestyle events. In these Olympics, he failed to qualify in the 1,500m and came second in the 400m, bursting into tears. (He did, however, win gold in the 200m freestyle.)

The 'Beijing bounce' fades...
China sent its largest delegation ever to Rio – 416 athletes – which makes its lack of medal success especially puzzling. Some analysts attribute it to the ups and downs of hosting the Olympics eight years ago.

Host countries tend to pour extra resources into their teams, and that investment sometimes pays dividends at the next Olympics, as it did for China at the London Games. This year, it is Great Britain that is exceeding expectations, but the post-host bounce is fading for China. Or so the thinking goes.

China has suffered some humiliations in Rio that go beyond the medals count. In the first days of the Games, Australian swimmer Mack Horton twice called Mr. Sun a “drug cheat” – including at a post-race press conference, with Sun sitting next to him. (Sun served a three-month ban in 2014 for traces of trimetazidine, which the swimmer said he was taking for heart palpitations.)

China’s netizens then heaped abuse on Mr. Horton, forcing the Australian Olympic Committee to delete thousands of vile comments on his Instagram account.

Chinese state media also noticed that the organizers of the Rio Games were using an incorrect version of the Chinese national flag during ceremonies. Brazilian officials quickly apologized, and replaced the flawed flags with proper ones.

Even with such incidents, the 2016 Games have produced moments of glory for China, and not always because of individual athleticism. Chinese swimmer Fan Yuanhui took home a bronze in the 100m backstroke, swimming a personal best, but she really hit gold with the Chinese public for her post-race interviews, in which she could barely contain her exuberance.

“I didn’t hold anything back!” Fan exclaimed in one interview, which has since gone viral. “I already used all of my mystic powers!”
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Chinese media have pointed to British spending as the reason behind China’s disappointing finish behind Team GB in the final medals table in Rio, a result which observers say represents an “embarrassment” and a “terrible bitter pill” for Beijing’s sports-obsessed authorities.

State media previously labelled the Games as China’s “worst Olympic flop”, with official agency Xinhua Tweeting: "You're kidding me? The country which has never finished above China is about to."

And after Team GB heroically confirmed they had achieved that feat by finishing in second place, the Beijing News pointed to ‘media reports’ saying the UK invested as much as £387 million in its Olympic efforts.

“Simply speaking, the theory of ‘high investment produces high output’ also applies to the Olympics Games,” said the newspaper, which also blamed China’s fall on its athletes failing in disciplines it traditionally dominates, such as shooting, gymnastics and badminton.

The British team in Rio received about £350 million in support, including a £274 million National Lottery grant. China does not reveal its sports investment but sports stars in the country are rigorously trained from a very young age within the huge apparatus of China’s Soviet-style sports system.

Beijing has also recently been sending its sports stars to countries such as the United States and Australia to receive expensive training from the world’s top coaches.

Team GB’s 27 gold medals edged it ahead of China, who slipped from second place in the overall standings in London 2012 after topping the table in Beijing in 2008.

China’s gold medal tally dropped dramatically from 51 in Beijing – a Games which supposedly announced its emergence as the dominant sporting power of the 21st Century – to 38 in London and 26 in Rio.

Following the initial shock last week that China had been eclipsed by Britain in the medals standing, Chinese media have put a brave face on the country’s slide as a sporting superpower.

“A new China (has) emerged during these Games,” said a report on Monday by state-run news agency Xinhua, entitled ‘Rio Olympics: How China charmed the world’.

“A China that has laid bare its emotions while placing greater emphasis on human spirit, respect and friendship than simply winning titles.”

The report also said that China had won ‘a total of 70 medals’ which “put China second in the overall standings”. Team GB won 67 medals in total.

There was no mention in the report of the official medals table in which China came third.

Observers point to unease in Beijing over the country’s slide from what appeared to be a position of dominance, particularly as the next Olympics will be held by China’s great diplomatic and sporting rival – Japan.

“Team GB’s brilliant performance this time is a terrible bitter pill for the Chinese regime to swallow,” said Xu Guoqi, professor of history at the University of Hong Kong and author of Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 1895-2008.

“Team GB did well in its own games in 2012 and it has done even better for the Rio Games. Beijing did only great in its 2008 Games but has since declined.

“It is a huge embarrassment for the regime and President Xi Jinping who has clearly linked his ‘China dream’ with the dream of China as a sporting powerhouse,” he told The Telegraph.

Yan Qiang, deputy editor in chief of Titan Sports, China’s biggest weekly newspaper, blamed a reshuffle within China’s sports authorities which resulted in a lack of funding for the national team.

“l think it is a surprise that China was beaten by Britain,” he told The Telegraph.

“It should not happen, and Chinese athletes made mistakes in some sport events which they should not have made.”
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I guess as a China fan supporter it is indeed sad to say that China have lost its dominance in badminton. It the good olden days man years back whenever there is a Super Series tournament, China will have representatives playing in all the 5 different categories and may even stand a high chance to win. But as of now I am seeing a totally opposite thing happening.
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Okay I can't believe this when Japanese WD keeps on winning over China WD. That also happen in the semifinals today. It is like China WD is no more invincible and very easy to win. Wow Yuki Fukushima / Sayaka Hirota had an easy win over Huang Yaqiong / Yu Xiaohan today 21-13, 21-14. As I look at the result I cannot even believe that China WD can lose tamely just like that.


This had to be my worst nightmare of the day. An unknown XD player from Hong Kong won over rank no 3 China XD player. I find it so difficult to believe. In the past China XD is just so dominant. But as of now China have lose its dominance in XD and at anytime any players can win over them. Tang Chun Man / Tse Yong Suet really played very well today and win over Wang Yilyu / Huang Dongping today. This is another big upset created today.


Next comes the WS match. Chen Yufei is totally outclassed by Sindhu. She could not do anything to win today. Worse still this will be my worse nightmare as well because for the very first time China WS won no Super Series titles throughout the whole year of 2017. Now this is something very unbelievable to me. This only goes on to proof that how much China players have all declined a lot. So sad to say this too.


Shi Yuqi is also such a but disappointment today as he lose to Viktor Axelsen easily today without being able to put up a tough fight. Shi Yuqi shots is so predictable and he is hardly smashing or attacking to win points. He is just too passive. So it is so shocking for me to see no China MS player in the final of a Super Series events.



Worse part of all the truth reality that hurts is here. Tomorrow in the finals there will only be 2 China players playing in MD and XD. But as the reality goes on to say, the Indonesia MD has been playing so well and is sure to win the MD title in the finals. Furthermore Tang Chun Man / Tse Ying Suet have both won over Zheng Siwei / Chen Qingchen many times before.


So the question now is this. Will it be the very first time that China players failed to win any title in Dubai Super Series finals? I think it is very likely to happen tomorrow with China players going back empty handed with no titles tomorrow. Last year China Open 2016 also China players won no titles and break the history. Tomorrow again history will be broken when China once again return home with no titles in their hand.


This only goes to show and proof that how much China badminton has gone down and in a decline. Too bad indeed.
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