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Chinese gymnastics men's team groom reserves for future Olympics
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22:11, December 05, 2008

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After receiving a standing ovation at the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese gymnastics men's team have started to prepare teenage reserves for the London Games and even the 2016 Games.

Huang Yubin, head coach of the Chinese gymnastics team, revealed to local newspaper on Friday that ten teenage gymnasts have been selected as early as in the end of 2007 for the next two Games.

"Everything has to be started from zero while stepping off the podium," Huang was quoted by China Sports Daily as saying.

"Before the Beijing Games, we have picked up ten promising children aged between 13 to 17, who are now training in three camps," said Huang, the mastermind of a star-studded men's team which won seven out of eight golds on offer at the August Games.

Veterans like Li Xiaopeng, Huang Xu and Yang Wei might not be able to maintain form for the 2012 Games, while the upsurging Zou Kai, Feng Zhe and Teng Haibin will reach the summit of their career in 2012.

"It was more like those teenagers are prepared for 2016," the coach said.

"The new competing regulations call for all-rounders, so the team will work on building such talents from them," he added.


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