Tokyo, July 18 (SocialNews.XYZ) The third group of the Chinese Olympic delegation, consisting of athletes in shooting, gymnastics, tennis, taekwondo, badminton, hockey and boxing, arrived here on Sunday, five days before the start of the 32nd Olympic Games in summer.
Gymnastics is one of the traditional strengths of China. However, despite a “golden” history, Chinese gymnasts failed to win a gold medal five years ago in Rio, which weighs heavily on their spirits, reports Xinhua.
“We want to bounce back,” star gymnast Xiao Ruoteng, who is aiming for team gold in Tokyo, told Xinhua at Narita International Airport.
Zhao Shuai, who made history by winning China’s first Olympic gold medal in men’s taekwondo when he triumphed in the 58kg category in Rio, said he was honored to be appointed one of the two flag bearers at the opening ceremony.
âIt is an honor and also a great encouragement to me,â Zhao said cheerfully. “I’m in great shape and will be starting my pre-game training in the next few days.”
Taekwondo veteran and two-time Olympic gold medalist Wu Jingyu is making her fourth Olympic appearance in Tokyo. She hopes to take advantage of the sports gala in addition to her ambition to win her third Olympic title.
“These are very special Games. I just want to feel every moment of it,” she said, referring to the strict Covid prevention procedures she followed at the airport. “My goal is to win the highest honor for my country.”
The Chinese badminton team will also face challenges at the Games.
“We need your support, our fans!” star commuter Huang Yaqiong said. “We have a big dream and we hope it will finally come true.”