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Time to tear off arrogance, prejudice against China

By Wu Liming (Xinhua)

09:31, August 03, 2012

BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Since the opening of the London Olympic Games last week, a small number of Western media have indulged in making up stories about China that range from labeling Chinese athletes "medal machines" to doping claims based on no evidence.

By doing so, the Western writers have demonstrated an arrogance and prejudice against Chinese athletes that has ignited widespread criticism from all around the world.

The Olympic Games are a huge gala for sports competition and to compete for medals is in line with the Olympic spirit.

It is known to all that China topped the gold medal standings four years ago at the Beijing Olympics but the Chinese are fully aware that China still lags behind the No. 1 powerhouse in the world.

Therefore, the Chinese delegation did not set for itself the goal of topping the gold medal standings at the London Olympics.

The Austrian newspaper Der Standard noted recently that China, which boasts a population of 1.3 billion people, has an advantage in selecting potential sports talent compared to a country with a population of 311 million (referring to the United States).

However, a simple fact has been deliberately neglected.

Repeatedly accusing Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen of doping based on no evidence is a kind of hysteria fanned by some Western media.

Although the world swimming governing body FINA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have reiterated that no drug cheats could escape the IOC's strict testing regimen, some Western media still turned a blind eye to the test results and continued to show their stubbornness and arrogance.

As a matter of fact, that stubborn prejudice stems from being upset with the rise of China.

For one thing, Chinese swimmers Sun Yang and Ye Shiwen have become shining stars in events that Western athletes have dominated for decades.

Some of the Western media has not yet adapted to the new reality, so they are exerting every effort to blacken the performances of Chinese athletes.

Apart from sports, the West has always shown a similar dark psychology and mentality toward the rise of China.

As long as China made progress in science and technology, economic and social development, the Western world was busy making up stories of "cheating" or "violating international rules."

The core of that mentality is that many in the West are unwilling to recognize the reality that China has become the second biggest economy in the world.

At the London Olympics, it is irresponsible for the Western media to pour filth on Chinese athletes who won because of hard training and years of arduous preparation.

All in all, arrogance and prejudice is against the Olympic spirit. It is time to tear off arrogance and prejudice, now and forever.


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PD User at 2012-08-15203.97.220.*
The attack on China`s swimmer and general commentswere calculated to do damage and not a mere innocent comments. You do not need to play nice guy holding high moral ground like I said shoot straight back at them with style like some Russia writers they are very good at this.
PD User at 2012-08-14118.186.244.*
Does anyone else find this article simply hilarious? It"s obvious the writer wrote it in a rage and in a hurry to vent. Quite like a 8 year old having a tantrum. Both East and West are guilty of being "quick to criticise". If you think maturely, you"ll realise that in every olympics, there has been criticism, scandal and mishaps. Even in the "glorious" Beijing olympics too. But lets not keep on dragging this on now chaps. You"ll calm down in a few weeks and probably start building up your ammunition for Rio 2016. Just sit back, and enjoy what you have achieved instead of focusing on the negatives. It"s what the olympics is about right?
PD User at 2012-08-14109.144.238.*
The BBC did not "bad mouth" Ye.The BBC did report that an American coach questioned Ye"s performance.Please get your facts correct.
PD User at 2012-08-14109.144.238.*
Tom Daley"s comment was complimentary, not critical.
PD User at 2012-08-1495.148.251.*
Whatever is wrong with the term "robotic"? It seems apt and is what all those divers aspire to be. You take offence too easily. Robotic -is- a synonym for consistent.

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