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Clinton also led Trump by 6 points in a separate Reuters/Ipsos poll that included alternative party candidates. Two more such projects are in the pipeline. 35 from Djokovic. First, South Africa would have to be keen as well but I think that it’s very much a possibility. “Provided we get the conditions right and make it a huge.

000 members and runs orphanages, Taimur will soon accompany his parents to Europe where Saif will be shooting for the next schedule of ‘Chef’, It’s not a friend even to the US where as all know,S. who claimed the silver and bronze medals in the same event in Beijing two years ago The women’s heptathlon also reaches its climax on Sunday in the London Stadium Germany’s Carolin Schafer leads the standings with Olympic champion Nafi Thiam of Belgium in second with three events remaining The first medals of the day come in the marathon with the men’s event beginning at 10:55 local time with Daniel Wanjiru of Kenya looking to secure a London double having won the city marathon in April The women’s event begins at 14:00 Both races start and finish at Tower Bridge There are also gold medals to be won in the women’s pole vault and the men’s shot put For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Minxin Pei | Published: August 9 2012 3:14 am Related News The performance of Chinese athletes in the Olympics since 1984when China first participated in the Gameshas been nothing short of spectacular If we use the medal count as a yardstickChinas haul of goldsilverand bronze in the summer Olympics has tripled between 1984 and 2008 At the London OlympicsChina has once again proved its prowess in winning medals It is widely expected to win more medals than any country exceptperhapsthe sporting superpowerTeam USA What lies behind Chinas Olympian success The conventional answer might be population and money With 13 billion peopleChina has a huge pool of talent to pick from Rising income also contributes to a better-fed and physically stronger population Athletes can afford state-of-the-art equipment and training For exampleChinese swimmers today train in Australiaa country that has produced world-class swimmers IndeedChinas rise as a sporting superpower has closely paralleled its economic ascendance But this explanation answers only part of the puzzle There are other large developing countries that have achieved impressive economic growth in the last three decadessuch as IndiaIndonesiaVietnamBrazilTurkeyand many othersbut none of them has outshone China in the sporting arena Brazilby no means a slouch in sportssaw its Olympics medal count in the summer Games double in this period South Koreaa fiercely competitive country that has one of the worlds most successful sports programmesincreased its medals by 50 per cent between 1984 and 2008 A more persuasive answer would point to Chinas state-directed athletic programmewhich has one overriding objective: winning international competitions To be sureChina did not invent this system It has merely followed the examples of the former Soviet Union and Cuba This system has a proven track record of producing winners Not surprisinglyif adjusted for per capita income and size of populationthe worlds real sporting superpower should be North Korea This country of 24 million people with a per capita GDP of less than $2400 (PPP) typically wins as many medals as far bigger and wealthier nations like TurkeySouth Africa and Iran in the summer Olympics The reason for North Koreas Olympic performance is simple Its totalitarian rulers may be starving its peoplebut they at the same time lavish what little money they have on a state-controlled athletic programme designed to produce Olympic medalists Measured in sizeChinas system for producing medal-winners is by far the largest and best-financed in the world It has 15000 government-funded sporting schools in the country Children with athletic talent and potential are identified at an early age and sent to these boarding schools to be trained into future Olympians Ye Shiwenthe 16-year-old swimming prodigy at the London gameswas picked when she was six and has spent a decade in the Chinese athletic training programme Chinese diverswho have dominated the sport for two decadesstart their training at a similarly tender age Total government spending on this elite sports programme is secret A few years agoit was revealed that Beijing spent 20 billion yuan (about $3 billion) in preparation for the 2004 summer Olympics in Athens Since China won 63 medals in Athensone might say that each medal cost almost $50 million Howeverbesides investing a huge fortune in its elite athletesChina has also been very strategic in picking its targets Because the physical build of Asians differs greatly from the Caucasians and AfricansChina does not waste its money on track and fieldwhere it has little hope of muscling out the Europeans and Americans InsteadBeijing focuses on more obscure sports that require years of painstaking trainingshunned by athletes in wealthier societiessuch as weightlifting The most ingenious component of Chinas Olympics-winning strategy is to give more attention to its female athletes As a resultChinas female athletes are far more successful than their male colleagues Of all the international championships won by China in the last 30 yearsroughly 60 per cent belonged to female athletes Of coursethis top-down strategy has its limits and costs Despite its huge budgetthe Chinese programme has been much less successful in winning medals in team sports Chinas male national football teama perennial loseris a joke In additionby devoting disproportionate financial resources to a select fewChina has neglected the majority of its youth While its elite athletes train in world-class facilitiesmost Chinese schools have little space for sports Based on sports facility available per personChina ranks below 100 in the worlda far cry from its current number one position in the medals tally at the London Olympics Another cost of this programme is that athletic triumph hides calamitous failures of public policy While Chinese athletes break world records in international competitionsnew and worrying records are being created at home The Chinese are becoming much less healthy: roughly 85 per cent of its high-school students are near-sighteddiabetes has become an epidemicover 200 million are overweight or obeseand 160 million suffer from high blood pressure As a nationChina would be much better off had its government deployed the same level of attention and energy to improve its public health For the momenthoweverthis abnormality is almost certain to continue Winning Olympic medalslike clocking the speed of economic growthadds gloss to the image of the ruling Chinese Communist Party The Chinese peoplewho may resent their governments heavy-handedness and neglect of more urgent social problemssupport their athletes and understandably derive enormous national pride from their success in international competitions The writer is a professor of government and non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the US For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWashington: The climate change summit in Paris next week is a "powerful rebuke" to terrorists and shows the global resolve to fight them US President Barack Obama has said Obama would be among the top world leaders who will attend the important global meet on climate change in Paris the city which was rocked by ISIS terror attacks earlier this month "And next week I will be joining (French) President (Francois) Hollande and world leaders in Paris for the global climate conference What a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children" Obama said at a White House news conferenceon Wednesday Hollande was standing by Obama’s side as the two leaders responded to questions from reporters mostly focused on the Paris terror attacks File photo of Obama and Hollande Reuters This was the first meeting between the two leaders after the Paris terror attacks Obama saluted the people of Paris for showing the world how to stay strong in the face of terrorism "Even as they grieve Parisians have begun returning to their cafes riding the metro and going to stadiums to cheer for their teams Crowds gather in the Place de la Republique including a mother who brought her children — she said ‘to let them see that we should not be afraid’" Obama said "As one Parisian said ‘Paris will always be Paris’" he said Obama said since the attacks Americans have recalled their own visits to Paris — visiting the Eiffel Tower or walking along the Seine "We know these places They’re part of our memories woven into the fabric of our lives and our culture I am very grateful to the French people for the hospitality they’ve always shown me and when they welcomed Michelle and our daughters on their first visit to the City of Lights" he said "By my bed in the residence is a picture of me and Michelle in Luxembourg Gardens kissing Those are the memories we have of Paris As early on I had no grey hair" Obama said "So when tragedy struck that evening our hearts broke too In that stadium and concert hall in those restaurants and cafes we see our own In the faces of the French people we see ourselves" he added In Paris next week Obama would have another meeting with Hollande In addition to attending the summit on Climate Change his officials said the US President would also be attending events related to the terror attacks "I’m sure that he’ll want to mark the recent terrorist attack and pay tribute to the people of Paris" US Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said "We see as the President said today the fact that Paris so soon after these attacks is hosting this important summit of world leaders as a clear sign of strength and resilience in the face of terrorists that we will not be deterred from doing the important work that the world demands because of the actions of a number of terrorists I think President Obama will speak to this" he said The French will determine how at the summit the victims of the recent attacks are appropriately honoured Rhodes said PTI Mumbai: Fishermen in Maharashtra protesting against a proposed Shivaji Maharaj memorial off Mumbai coast have decided to withdraw their agitation a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays the foundation stone "Fishermen have agreed to withdraw their agitation against Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial Bhoomipujan" a senior official said after a meeting between Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and fishermen association leaders in Mumbai on Thursdaynight Fadnavis assured fishermen that the government will look into their concerns Narendra Modi PTI "At the meeting it was decided to constitute a joint committee to resolve their issues The CM thanked fishermen associations" the official said The main feature of the memorial will be a 192-metre-tall statue of the Maratha king The site is a rocky outcrop roughly 15 km from the Raj Bhavan shore of Mumbai Members of Akhil Maharashtra Machhimar Kriti Samiti (AMMKS) an association of fishermen from Cuffe Parade Machhimar Nagar Geeta Nagar (near Navy Nagar) near Raj Bhawan and Backbay Parade had said they will fly black flags on their boats and homes as a sign of protest Fisherwomen were to form a human chain from Nariman Point to Girgaum Chowpatty holding black flags ahead of Modi’s arrival for the inauguration said AMMKS leader Damodar Tandel The livelihood of 15 lakh fishermen residing across five villages in south Mumbai who have 1500 large boats and 450 small boats will be affected by the construction he had claimedwith open verandahs and windows of his enclosure being covered with thick iron grills. 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