» 08/03/2012, 00.00
GREAT BRITAIN - CHINA
London 2012: to lead in medals table, China "claims" two Kazakh golds
Maiya Maneza and Zulfia Chinshanlo, ethnic Dungan, were born in Chinese territory but compete for Kazakhstan since 2007. Astana accuses Beijing of "poor sportsmanship". For China, sporting triumphs have political value to promote nationalist sentiment. It exploits the athletes, and later leaves them in abject poverty as was the case for Zhang Shangwu.
- After the Badminton scandal involving two Chinese athletes, together with six
other Asian players in, Beijing has triggered a new, violent confrontation - so
far only verbal - with Kazakhstan. The
government in Astana has strongly rejected Beijing media claims that two Kazak Olympic
gold medals at London 2012 were in reality Chinese and the victories should be
counted as Chinese. At
the 30th edition of the Games, the Central Asian country has notched up three
victories in the first four days, to the amazement of the experts and the
public, thanks to the efforts of athletes belonging to ethnic minorities. Meanwhile
the U.S. has reached the top of the medals alongside China, with 18 golds
apiece; however, the Chinese team remains at the top, with 11 silvers against the
nine of the U.S.; five bronze medals for China (for a
total of 34), with their American rivals doubling that number for a total of 37
also saw another triumph for the most successful athlete in the history of the
Games: the Baltimore shark, swimmer Michael Phelps, won his 20th Olympicmedal
(including 16 golds) by winning the 200 medley in record time. There
are no more adjectives to describe the sporting achievements of the man now
considered the greatest athlete of all time. For
the third consecutive time in three different editions, he has managed to win
the same race, the 200 medley. And
now, the shark has his sights on a 21st medal, which might arrive today in the
to the controversy between Beijing and Astana, it involves two Kazakh athletes
of the ethnic Dungan minority, a tribe native to north-west China that
emigrated long ago to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The
Central Asian country, rich in oil, consists of more than 100 ethnic minorities
and their coexistence is always a source of pride for the government, evidence
of true social harmony.
the official Xinhua news agency claimed
the two weight-lifters winners at the Olympics - Maiya Maneza and Zulfia
Chinshanlo - as Chinese nationals, Astana authorities replied by accusing its
cumbersome neighbor of "poor sportsmanship". Since
2007, the two have lived in Kazakhstan and have fully embraced the Kazakh
nationality, despite being born in Chinese territory. The
government wants to nip any controversy in the bud and so far it has won three
latest episode however is further proof of China's "bulimic" hunger for Olympic
success. Increasingly, Beijing sees sport
as a means of asserting their superiority, even political, and extreme
vision of the Olympic competition was startlingly revealed in the 2008 Games in
Beijing - which according to Chinese media remains unbeatable for its charm and
beauty - and has again raised its
head in London.
episode of the badminton players further proves this, who in order to gain the
ultimate accolade sought to purposely lose a qualifying match in order to
ensure an easy passage to the final. In
other words, for the Beijing Olympic motto "what's important is the taking
part" is replaced by the Machiavellian idea that "the end justifies
the means". It's
of little consequence the, if its athletes are at first exalted and then relegated
to the margins of society. This
is the story - or rather the human drama - recently revealed by 28-year old
Zhang Shangwu to local and international newspapers. He
won two medals at the Universiadi in 2001 and was ready for a glittering career, but an injury during
training - denied by the manager and the heads of Federation of Gymnastics -
forced him to retire early. Now
he survives by begging on the streets of the capital, wearing the medals won in
his "previous life".
close with the controversy surrounding Taslima Nasreen, a popular writer
originally from Bangladesh, against the leaders of the International Olympic
IOC has for years prevented South Africa from participating in games, as
punishment for apartheid. However,
it does not take any action against Saudi Arabia, which pursues a policy of
marginalization of women athletes. While
allowing them to compete it imposes they wear the veil, which is discriminatory
as well as impractical in sporting competitions.
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