RIO DE JANEIRO: China blamed fierce competition for their Rio flop and promised to examine their "shortcomings" after slumping to their worst Olympic performance in 20 years.
China sent 410 athletes, their biggest team at a foreign Olympics, but by the penultimate day they had won just 24 gold medals, their fewest since Atlanta 1996. Worse, China trailed not only the United States but also Britain on the medals table, a fact that has prompted splutterings of indignation in Chinese media.
China topped the table in 2008 and were second in 2004 and 2012, but Chinese Olympic committee chief Liu Peng said rising standards had taken them by surprise. "There are a few problems we cannot overlook. In the Rio Games we didn't win so many medals... we didn't assess objectively the challenges we might face at these Games," said Liu.
"In recent years more countries have attached importance to the Olympic Games, so the level of play internationally has come up and the competition has become fierce. We need to employ a new mentality and new understanding how to improve our performances and ability. We need more experiences and learning."
Liu said inexperience particularly had cost China, whose team was young with three-quarters of them competing at their first Olympics. "We have trained these athletes but the training isn't enough," he said. "Because when these athletes are facing fierce competition and challenges they have to too much to think about and too many mental burdens and they didn't play at their highest level."
But he had warm words for swimmer Fu Yuanhui, whose bubbly personality and frank comments - rare for a Chinese athlete - won hearts at home and abroad. "Her happiness, starting from the bottom of her heart, fully demonstrated her spirit to continue to challenge herself and achieve excellence," said Liu.
"This is something that touched audiences on the very deepest level. Her 'prehistoric strength' as she put it fully demonstrated the modern Chinese athletes: they're confident, they're active and they've fully pushing forward."
Liu also praised China's athletes for competing in the right spirit and not appearing desperate to win at all costs. "We have fully demonstrated our Chinese spirit. We're not arrogant when we win, we don't give up easily and we continue to strive forward," he said.
That is the difference.. They have taken 24 golds (Total 70) and still lament ..and we have taken NO GOLD ( total 2) and still call ourselves great and feel happy..!! What an irony.
Do not compare India with China or with any other country. The sports budget of these countries is huge. Whereas in India it''s a pittance. What are sports persons have achieved, is on their personal merit and grit along with their coaches.Dipa was given Rs 2.00 lakhs by the government. Let us admit it that we are not a sporting nation at all.
We compare ourselves with Countries like Congo, CAR, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh etc. China''s target and purpose is defeat US, which is number 1.
china 1st participated in 1952 Olympics ,they didnot win any medals then,took a break for 30 years came back in 1980s won 50 medals this is the difference sir, we must learn from them
Let them take 100 Golds.......remember they are not a democracy...........we don''t know if the athletes are threatened to perform.........
Britain''s performance is surprise this time
India should learn from China.
24 gold !!!!!!!!! & here v are content with 2 medals that too not gold...sharam ki baat hai!!!
Where does India compare when China says that 26 Gold out of 70 medals won by them is flop? India would be Super Flop by there standard
26 gold is flop?? then what has india done...why are we so joyous at the feeble performance?
India is behind 100 years China..