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Time to abandon Olympic obsession

(People's Daily Online)

08:09, December 19, 2012


Possible removal of table tennis and badminton from the Olympics may have only a short-term impact on the two sports, and what really matters is their popularity.

The rumor that table tennis and badminton may be removed from the Olympics has caused quite a stir in China. Some people have refuted it in a well-founded manner, some have discussed its possibility, and others appear indifferent to it.

Before the International Olympic Committee reaches a conclusion, all discussions and assumptions are just guesses, but they have shown that no industry insiders want the two sports removed from the Olympics because they think it would be a "dreadful disaster".

Whether the two sports will be removed from the Olympics has nothing to do with the wishes of industry insiders. Objectively speaking, Chinese domination in the worlds of table tennis and badminton is China's glory rather than its fault. However, such domination has indeed damaged the popularity of the two sports. The rumor may eventually come true if the problem continues unresolved.

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