Real story behind China’s Olympic sporting glory

China’s dominance in the London Olympics with their massive medal haul has once again showcased the country’s ability to produce sports champions by applying the sporting techniques of Soviet styled sports regime. But behind the sporting glory there are some concerns being raised about the human costs. News emerged about how the parents of Olympic diver Wu Minxia had hidden her mother’s long battle with breast cancer for fear of disturbing her training.

The intention of Chinese sports fraternity is to win every single medal at any costs. There are stories emerging in China in recent weeks about young rising athletes who undergo near torturous conditions at many of the Chinese sports schools.

Winning the Olympic medals is the sole obsession in China at the cost of sacrificing the basic family emotions. It is a fact that majority of China’s 396 Olympians had started their sports at a tender age having sacrificed their childhood for the state and drawing emotional support from team mates, sports coaches and officials in exchange of familial and friendly support. China’s current haul of medals in the Olympics is a result of atrocious training regimes that youngsters are forced to follow back home.

A grand countdown for London Olympics with the culmination of Olympia Torch Lighting

Thursday (May-10-2012) will be known and remembered as the day when the countdown to the London Olympics began with the ignition of the games torch by the sun’s rays in ancient Olympia-Greece. The day was bright and warm at the place of this ancient Olympics stadium. The event started with the actress Ino Menegaki played the role of high priestess and prayed sun god Apollo. Within a few seconds the Olympic torch ignited at the ancient ruins of the Temple of Hera through the help of a parabolic mirror prior to seventy eight days of the starting of the grand Olympic Games.

The first torch bearer of this relay event was Sypros Gianniotis who is a Greek swimmer having won the gold medal in the 10-km open water event at the 2011 world championships. The second torch bearer of this event was Alexander Loukos who is a Briton of Greek origin. The seven day Greek Leg of this relay will end of May-17 with the Olympic Flame being delegated to the London organizers on that day and later on flown to Britain.

London gears up for Olympics 2012

London gears up for Olympics 2012The 100 days countdown leading up to the Olympics 2012 has begun. What a better way to do that than have celebrations across the world?

Sebastian Coe helped by the organizing committee planted 40 oak trees that will be spread throughout the country as recognition of Britain’s role in the Olympic movement. These trees are symbolic as they are grown from acorns of the trees that were planted in 1890 by the founder, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, at the Much Wenlock Games.

Throughout the country, the marks of the games have been made. Olympic rings created with flowers, sandcastle featuring the rings have been built at the venue of sailing. At the beach volleyball venue, 250 guardsmen formed the figure 100.

It’s not just UK that is being painted with the colors of the five rings but other parts of the globe get their share of the celebrations too. There are many such things planned at places including Times Square, New York, Palestine, New Zealand and Socchi. This is the third time London will be hosting the grand event. The first two editions were in 1908 and 1948. The government ministers, Organizing Committee and the others involved have remained excited about the third games.


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