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first_imgChina sent 710 athletes, coaches and officials to the Rio Games ? its largest ever delegation to any Olympics away from home expecting a comfortable second place in the table of gold medals, as it achieved in London four years ago.Its delegation included 35 Olympic gold medalists ? 27 from the London Gamesand Beijing hopes soared as one of Chinas biggest competitors, Russia, had seen its medal hopes seriously hit by the International Olympic Committees decision to ban many of its athletes on suspicion of doping.”Some in mainland media have already started to find excuses and scapegoats for the under performances of Chinese athletes, blaming judges for giving low scores to Chinese competitors in boxing, gymnastics, fencing and sailing,” the SCMP said.”But such accusations, a source of complaints at every Games, are unconvincing. There has been no credible evidence that Chinese athletes have been singled out,” it said.A Xinhua commentary criticised the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decision to grant a rerun for the US womens 4×100 meter relay team after sprinter Allyson Felix who dropped the baton in the relay blamed it on a Brazilian runner.”The redo is widely regarded as ridiculous and unfair. Even Felix herself said it was “really weird” and “running without competitors is just strange,” the Xinhua commentary said.The IAAF decision ruined Chinas chances to enter final.”The IAAF appeared to be leaning toward the US as perhaps it was worried that a final without one of the worlds top teams would not be a good show,” state-run Global Times said in its editorial.advertisementHowever, the SCMP said it is indisputable that China is not able to replace its aging athletes.”What is not disputable is that the overall level and capabilities of the Chinese athletes in those events in which they traditionally do well have fallen sharply. For instance, China won only one gold in swimming at Rio (it won five in London), and Chinese gymnasts clinched only two bronzes, compared to nine golds in Beijing.”By contrast, the US, Japan and South Korea have made rapid advances in events once dominated by us,” it said.”More importantly, the under performances highlight a critical phase for China. The medal winners from previous Games may be long past their prime, but the younger generation are not yet capable enough to take over,” it said.”Finally, the problems inherent in the state-sponsored sports system, which focuses resources on winning gold medals, are such that it is experiencing a cyclical low and is crying out for further reforms ? much like the Chinese economy, which has slowed from nine per cent growth in 2008, when China scored 51 golds, to somewhere about 6.7 per cent this year,” the Post commentary said. PTI KJV SUA SUAlast_img read more

In Response To Obama Actions Senator Goes Seuss

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first_imgSince President Barack Obama announced his plans to designate millions of acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, state legislators have taken to the House and Senate floors to rail against federal overreach. The speeches have ranged from incensed to righteously indignant.Download AudioBut one state senator has decided to voice his displeasure in a more poetic way. On Friday, Fairbanks Republican Click Bishop gave a Seussian speech on the federal government’s attitude toward Alaska, and read from a modified version of Green Eggs and Ham, titled “Click on Uncle Sam”:I do not like your crazy ruleslike those proposed by Sally Jewell.I do not like themhere or there.I do not like themanywhere.I do not want them near or farnot Sally Jewell nor Salazar.Could you, would you.. let us drill?We have the folks, they have the skill.We have the oil, underground..we’ll leave it nicer than we foundI do not like your EPAthey’ve run amuck – they’re in the way.I do not like this Federal Plan, I do not like it Uncle Sam.The inspiration for the speech came from U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who once read Green Eggs and Ham as part of a filibuster. The copy of the book Bishop carried with him to the Senate floor was signed by Cruz last year.last_img read more