in the Olympics
- First Appearance by China at the Summer
Games in Los Angeles, California
again competed in the 1936 (Berlin),
1948 (London), and 1952 (Helsinki)
Summer games. In the Helsinki games, the
then British crown colony Hong Kong also
sent a delegation. Hong Kong won it's only
Olympic medal--a Gold medal by Lee Lai-Shan
in Women's mistral (sailing)--at the Atlanta
games in 1996.
During the Cold War, China was represented
in the Olympics by the Nationalist government
under dictator Chiang Kai-shek better known
as the Republic of China or Taiwan. Taiwan
sent athletes to the 1960 (Rome)
and the 1968 (Mexico City) Summer
Olympics. The Nationalist government withdrew
from the 1976 (Montreal) games after
the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
decision that the team could not compete
under the name China and, following the
U.S. lead, boycotted the 1980 (Moscow) games.
Meanwhile, mainland China returned to
the Olympics in the 1980 Winter
games. A year later, in 1981, the IOC
and the Nationalist government on Taiwan
agreed that any future representation
from Taiwan would be under the name "Chinese
Taipei" with a neutral flag and anthem.
To this day, Chinese Tapei continues to
compete well in the Olympics.
the 1984 (Los Angeles) Summer Olympics,
China has sent ever larger delegations of
athletes and won a growing share of Olympic
China now ranks 19th on the all-time medal
chart with 164 medals (52 gold, 63 silver
and 49 bronze), all accumulated in only
the last four Games!
on Sinomania! research
was China's sixth Gold medal so far in the XXVII Olympiad,
and perhaps the most significant. For although the Chinese
team is the reigning world champion, the absence of
Olympic Gold for gymnastics has denied China the worldwide
attention given traditional powerhouses from Europe.
Now the Chinese team is truly the world's best. Meanwhile,
the Chinese women's gymnastics team won the Silver medal
behind top ranked Romania.
In the individual
gymnastic competition, China's Yang Wei won the
Silver medal, finishing a mere 0.113 points behind Alexei
Nemov of Russia.
At the conclusion
of Day 5 of the Sydney games, China is in third place
overall with 17 medals --six Gold, four Silver, and
seven Bronze. Apart from gymnastics, China's Gold so
far comes in Shooting (2 Gold medals) and Weightlifting
(3 Gold medals). Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) won a Silver
medal in Weightlifting.
For full coverage of China in the 2000 Summer Olympics,
visit the China
Daily Olympic highlights web site.
And read the Complete
press coverage of the Sydney games from the International
China host the Olympics? Beijing narrowly lost
its bid to host the current 2000 Summer Olympics
to Sydney, Australia, in 1993. Since then, China
has worked rigorously to host a Summer Olympics.
|Today, China is one of five competitors for the
2008 Summer Olympics. Many believe China has an
excellent chance to win the honor.
Find out more at the official Beijing
2008 bid web site.
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