A child has fun swinging on rings during a class at the Inspire Sports private gym in Shanghai. Photo: AP

Private gyms in China pioneer ‘happy gymnastics’ as alternative to rigid state-led training

State sports schools helped China gain Olympic glory when the country was poor, but today’s wealthier parents want their children to have a normal life. Gyms for kids of all ages that put the accent on fun are seen as the breeding ground for a new generation of Olympians

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A child has fun swinging on rings during a class at the Inspire Sports private gym in Shanghai. Photo: AP
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