Records are fair game for China

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 September, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 September, 1993, 12:00am

HASN'T it been marvellous to see Chinese athletes doing so well at their own National Games in Beijing? I think particular credit should go to Wang Junxia who has broken a stream of distance running records with consummate ease.

The current phenomenon in Chinese athletics reminds me of the domination enjoyed by teams from the now defunct Soviet Union and German Democratic Republic in their heyday.

I am positive that this current success is due in no small part to the ''scientific training methods'' being employed by Wang's trainer, Ma Junren. Perhaps Mr Ma could cease being bashful and shed some light on the nature of these revolutionary techniques.

Shame on those doubters who have cast aspersions on Wang's achievements. I for one think that the fact that the International Olympic Committee votes on the host of the 2000 Games in just a few days is purely coincidental.

I would be interested to know the views of your other readers.

DAVID WILLIAMS Mid-Levels I REFER to Edwin Pun's letter ''Time to get tough on China'' (South China Morning Post, September 7).

I do not agree that China has no right to host the Olympic Games because of the Han Dongfang case.

This incident is entirely an internal affair. Maybe human rights on the mainland are still poor. But we cannot connect sports with political affairs. That would be seriously against the spirit of the games.

I'm strongly in favour of China hosting such a great activity. It is a good chance for people in other countries to get to know more about China. And it will bring many benefits such as more foreign currency for the country. AEDY LEE Hong Kong