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Will China's 2012 push hurt GB's chances?

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China says it is going to target sports like cycling, athletics and swimming in a bid to increase its gold medal haul at the 2012 Games.

Sports chief Liu Peng said the nation wants to close the "relatively large gap between China and the best in the world in the high-profile items like athletics, swimming and cycling, and... the popular ball sports".

China came top of the medals table at this year's Games, winning 100 medals in 25 sports, including 51 golds. But they came mostly from its strong sports like gymnastics, diving and table tennis.

So if a billion people are being mobilised to beat the world at a host of other sports - what will this do to the medal table? Are countries like Great Britain going to feel the squeeze?


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comment by kevin (U11012360)

posted Aug 27, 2008

i think england shud follow suit of china and invest in sports we are not soo gd at to get up to scratch with the rest of the world

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comment by BB (U1773002)

posted Aug 27, 2008

"we all know that Britain has always performed dismally in the Olympics in the past, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, but only in Beijing that the GB team at least helps Britain shine"

Atlanta was dismal - Sydney & Athens were both good performances.

2012 - home advantage does help - Spain in 92, Greece in 04 both did better than "normal".

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posted Aug 27, 2008

Did China finish top of the medal table? Not if you are an American. I was in the States during the Olympics and had to suffer their very poor television coverage of the event. Their medal table is based on medals won (110 to Chinas 100) and not on golds won. With their way of thinking a country winning solely 11 bronzes would be above a country winning only 10 golds. It obviously makes them happy to come out on top. Unfortunately, I did not have the pleasure of seeing our competitors excel themselves as the Americans only like to see Americans win. They are outraged that top "international" sports such as baseball and softball are being dropped from the Olympics. They also introduced a new event called soccer into the games, when I did not see it as one of the events listed. Their commentators had to be seen and heard to be believed!

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posted Aug 27, 2008

The Chineese have more people at their mercy to use 3OOmillion people to invest in whereas we have 10 times less. We should focus on our sports.

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posted Aug 28, 2008

Hi Matt! As you work at the bbc you might be able to help me with this: at the end of Gabby Logan's olympic round-up on saturday, August 23, there was a video of the best of the olympics. do you know the title and artist of the background music used? It's something about miracles and making them happen? Thank you.

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posted Aug 28, 2008

There is a fundamental flaw on the current medal ranking system.

Do you think a Men's Basketball gold medal should be viewed with equal significance as Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving?

To reflect the true competence of a country, they should redesign a ranking system, let those sports that are more popular/influential to the world's sports lover, multiply with a co-efficient and add the ranking table.

Or if a country is top in one sports, like diving, she gets, say 5 points (second 3 points etc). Then count the total no of points and rank them in order and ignore the exact no of gold medals.

The current situation is weird, why not add a slam dunk gold medal? Or synchronised 3-point shooting gold medal? Or penalty shoot-out gold medal in soccer? There is also some sports where they limit a country's entry in all the events, prseumably to deny a strong nation to get too many golds, but why not the same in swimming? Why one can get 8 gold medals in 8 events? Doubles in table tennis is another example, why remove the event?

To be fair to the whole world, change the ranking system.

A Chinese from Hong Kong

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posted Aug 28, 2008

Did China finish top of the medal table? Not if you are an American. I was in the States during the Olympics and had to suffer their very poor television coverage of the event. Their medal table is based on medals won (110 to Chinas 100) and not on golds won. With their way of thinking a country winning solely 11 bronzes would be above a country winning only 10 golds. It obviously makes them happy to come out on top. Unfortunately, I did not have the pleasure of seeing our competitors excel themselves as the Americans only like to see Americans win. comment by TOMMYTUGBOAT

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There is no official IOC medal table. The Olympic Charter says the competitions are between athletes in individual or team events and not between countries.

NBC is a private company that has always counted total medals. The counting rules didn't change in the middle of the Olympics. They counted total medals when the US had the most gold medals at the last three Olympics.

Maybe, you should send a nasty letter to George Bush. I'm sure that President Bush doesn't keep a medal table in the Oval Office, but he might keep a print of this:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/2528045/Bush-plays-volleyball.html?image=1


hotdog

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posted Aug 28, 2008

Americans only like to see Americans win. They are outraged that top "international" sports such as baseball and softball are being dropped from the Olympics. comment by TOMMYTUGBOAT
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35 of the 36 medals in men's Olympic handball have been won by a European team. The top 7 place finishers, this year, are from Europe. Eight of the 12 men's handball teams in this year's Olympic pool are from Europe.

Baseball is the top team sport in Japan, with professional teams that fill large outdoor stadiums. Of the 5 Olympic gold medals awarded, Cuba has won 3, and the US and S. Korea have won the other 2.

Baseball is the national sport in Cuba, and in most Caribbean countries. I don't know why Mexico and Nicaragua can't be included in a larger baseball pool. Central and Latin American countries are definitely underrepresented in the Olympics.

But, I guess that handball is a real sport, played by real countries from Europe.

hotdog

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posted Aug 28, 2008

Did China finish top of the medal table? Not if you are an American. I was in the States during the Olympics and had to suffer their very poor television coverage of the event. Their medal table is based on medals won (110 to Chinas 100) and not on golds won. With their way of thinking a country winning solely 11 bronzes would be above a country winning only 10 golds. It obviously makes them happy to come out on top. Unfortunately, I did not have the pleasure of seeing our competitors excel themselves as the Americans only like to see Americans win. comment by TOMMYTUGBOAT
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In the athens olympics the 'total medal count table' favoured Britain, and therefore was used by most of the british media in that instance. It's not just the yanks ....

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