China begins scouting young talent to groom them for Olympics success

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China’s sports assembly line is designed for one purpose: churning out gold medals for the glory of the nation. Here, silver and bronze medals barely count. This year, the country has sent as many as 413 athletes to the Tokyo Olympics, its largest ever delegation. China aims to lead the gold medal tally by the end of the Games. The Chinese system reportedly relies on the state to scout tens of thousands of children to send to its over 2000 government-run schools for full-time training. In a bid to maximize its chances of winning gold at the Olympics, Beijing focuses on the less prominent games that are often underfunded by the West.

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