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Sporting life means result is always a healthy outcome

By Lei Lei  (China Daily)

08:26, March 14, 2012

Students at Hami No 9 Middle School in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region take part in morning exercises, which are held daily. Primary and middle schools across the country are being encouraged to increase the amount of physical education they offer, while one CPPCC member even proposed that principals should be penalized if their students do not get enough exercise. (Cai Zengle / for China Daily)

People's fitness now takes pole position ahead of hunt for Olympic glory, reports Lei Lei in Beijing.

At the 2008 Beijing Games, China showed what it is capable of on the field: Its athletes topped the final rankings with 51 gold medals, ahead of the United States and Russia.

Yet, as the world prepares for the London Olympics, which start in July, the country's leaders are instead looking to highlight goals off the field.

Rather than racking up medals, the health and fitness of the people are now the priority, as China aims to become a global sports powerhouse.

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