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A children’s weight reduction class in Beijing aims to address the link between obesity and a lack of daily exercise at schools. Photo: Reuters

Unsportsmanlike conduct: why China’s elite athletes soar as schoolkids plod

While Beijing spends huge sums of money selecting and training athletes to win medals at international sporting events – more than 1 billion yuan (US$146 million) last year alone, according to data from the General Administration of Sport – young Chinese remain unable, or reluctant, to find the t