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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's Olympic stakes go beyond its medal count

    Posted Aug 15th 2012, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... was cranked up to rake in gold medals. The tremendous pressure on the athletes was reflected by weightlifter Wu Jingbiao who, after winning the silver medal, tearfully begged forgiveness "for ... to British national pride. The Olympics proved to be an opportunity for the host country to show the rest of the world not just how good a show it could put on but how well its athletes could ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1014791/chinas-olympic-stakes-go-beyond-its-medal-count
  2. Sport - China - OLYMPICS

    China reflects after London Olympics, sees tough road to Rio

    Posted Aug 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... reflects, sees tough road to Rio China's sports mandarins had warned before the London Games that their athletes would struggle to match the table-topping gold medal haul they enjoyed ... titles back to the United States. Reeled in by the US athletics team in the final days, China, which won 51 golds at Beijing, immediately spoke of plans to improve its "regular" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/china/article/1013793/china-reflects-after-london-olympics-sees-tough-road-rio
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China stifles Olympic athletes' own drive for success

    Posted Aug 13th 2012, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... Michael Chugani says China proves nothing by drilling its athletes to win Olympic gold; victory will mean more if it's achieved through their own drive Fire within Sports don't interest me at all, but I made it a point to watch the agonising end, yet again, to Liu Xiang's quest for Olympic gold. Dare I discuss why I think the talented athlete couldn't deliver ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1008707/china-stifles-olympic-athletes-own-drive-success
  4. Sport - Other Sport - LONDON EXPECTS WITH PETER SIMPSON

    Sebastian Coe's next prize could well be IOC's top job

    Posted Aug 13th 2012, 12:00am by PETER SIM

    ... make athletes, it takes millions of children around the world to be inspired to choose sport," he said. His simple calculation tickled the feelgood sentiments of the officials. The London ... These traits are the hallmarks of an athlete who has set his goals and intends on reaching them. His characteristics may not win friends but win worldwide admirers and cause action. He once upset UK ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1008728/sebastian-coes-next-prize-could-well-be-iocs-top-job
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    2012 London Games goes beyond motto to inspire generations of athletes

    Posted Aug 13th 2012, 12:00am by RAY ODLUM

    ... they have enshrined for more than a century, it is to be hoped sports laboratories stay a step ahead of the cheats. Cyclist Lee headed up a creditable showing by Hong Kong athletes, with a table ... perhaps hopes of a gold medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Despite the government's HK$7 billion elite athletes development fund and a HK$1.8 billion redevelopment of the Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1008765/2012-london-games-goes-beyond-motto-inspire-generations
  6. News - China - SPORT

    China's team praised as London Olympics close

    Posted Aug 13th 2012, 12:00am by Chan Kin Wa

    ... Chan Kin-wa kinwa.chan@scmp.com Party time for athletes, with China's team hailed for finishing second in medals table and London acclaimed for hosting such a spectacular Games Golden ... Olympic result outside China and our athletes have also set six world records," said Liu. "We have maintained our advantages in traditional strongholds, while also making breakthroughs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1008790/chinas-team-praised-london-olympics-close
  7. Has London delivered on dreaded L-word?

    Posted Aug 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the Olympics and that,' the taxi driver continued. 'I admire those athletes doing what they've done, training and all that for hours on end. But for me? As a cabbie? It's been ... on their shoulders than the athletes who compete for the medals. The suits now have to deliver on their promises- that the Games will transform London and the country, and that the benefits of lavishing so ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1014560/has-london-delivered-dreaded-l-word
  8. Letters

    Posted Aug 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Of course, we should applaud those athletes and nations which win gold. But winning first place should not be the only goal of competitors. We should show our appreciation for all those who have ... that the athletes will remember what the Olympics stands for and recognise that winning gold is not everything. I trust they will leave London having forged friendships with fellow athletes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1014312/letters
  9. Virtuous circles

    Posted Aug 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... that the Chinese athletes are mortals like you and I. They were polite, friendly and humble. Meeting them made me feel like I was not separated from the Olympics, but part of the same giant party. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1014192/virtuous-circles
  10. Bigger, richer, stronger? Not always at the Games

    Posted Aug 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Watching the Olympics is not just all about the medal tally, of course. As we enjoy the wonderful competition among athletes, it might also be worthwhile reflecting on the social and economic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1014217/bigger-richer-stronger-not-always-games

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