Fights, bites, protests at China’s national ‘Olympics’
Swimmers take part in the 400m women's medley heats at China's National Games in Shenyang on September 4, 2013. The quadrennial tournament dubbed "China's Olympics" features teams from each province and region, as well as the military, emergency services and state-run entities. Fighting, biting, alleged cheating and an extraordinary on-pitch protest have cast a shadow over China’s National Games and prompted renewed accusations that the quest for medals in the domestic showcase is motivated mainly by greed.
Synchronised swimmers Jiang Wenwen and Jiang Tingting hold their silver medals at the World Championships in Barcelona on July 25, 2013. The duo came only third in their last contest before retirement.
Despite the worthy slogan of “Fitness for all to enjoy”, athletes are under intense pressure to perform, resulting in some extraordinary scenes during the Games’ 12th edition over the past two weeks. During the women’s 10km marathon swim, two of the contestants became embroiled in a fight, with neither of them managing to finish the race.
In the wrestling — newly reinstated as an Olympic sport — a heavyweight fighter from Henan was bitten by an opponent from Inner Mongolia. But the most striking image was the Beijing women’s rugby sevens team refusing to play the last minutes of their final against Shandong, accusing the referee of prejudice.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CitizenSimilar Stories