Chinese swimmer Sun Yang: With three medals under his belt at

the London Olympics, Beijing feels that he and his fellow athletes

in the China delegation have been unfairly impugned by charges

of doping launched largely by the West.



Western 'Arrogance and Prejudice' Violate the Olympic Spirit (People's Daily, People's Republic of China)


Is simple Western discomfort about the rise of China behind suggestions that Chinese Olympic athletes are doping? For China's state-run People's Daily, Wu Li-ming writes that it is time for the West - and its media outlets - to set aside the inherent prejudice they hold toward the rise of Chinese athletes - and China in general.


By Wu Li-ming


August 3, 2012


People's Republic of China - People's Daily - Original Article (English)

China's 16-year-old Ye Shiwen: Her phenomenal Olympic performance immediately raised questions of doping - which brought a quick cry of 'prjudice' from Beijing. Is the West inherently biased against Chinese athletes?

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BEIJING: Since the opening of the London Olympic Games last week, a small number of Western media outlets have indulged in making up stories about China, ranging from labeling Chinese athletes "medal machines" to making evidence-free doping claims.


By doing this, Western writers have demonstrated an arrogance and prejudice against Chinese athletes that has ignited widespread criticism around the world.


The Olympic Games are a major sports competition gala, and competing for medals is in line with the Olympic spirit. Everyone knows that at the Beijing Olympics four years ago, China topped the gold medal standings. But Chinese are fully aware that their nation still lags behind the No. 1 powerhouse in the world.


[Editor's Note: Combining all medals won since the modern Olympics began in 1896, including summer and winter Games, the winningest nations are as follows: 1)United States 2) Russia/USSR 3)Germany 4)Great Britain 5)France 6)Italy 7) Sweden 8) East Germany 9) Hungary 10) Finland 11) Norway 12) Australia 13) China.]

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That is why the Chinese delegation never set for itself the goal of topping the gold medal standings at the London Olympics.


The Austrian newspaper Der Standard noted recently that compared to a country with a population of 311 million (referring to the United States), China, which boasts a population of 1.3 billion people, has an inherent advantage in terms of recruiting sports talent.


Nevertheless, one simple fact has been deliberately neglected.


Repeatedly accusing Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen of doping - without any evidence whatsoever - must be likened to a kind of hysteria fanned by some Western media outlets.


Although world swimming's governing body FINA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have reiterated that no drug cheats could have escaped the strict testing regimen of the IOC, certain Western media outlets ignored the test results and continued to show stubbornness and arrogance.


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As a matter of fact, this stubborn prejudice stems from being upset about the rise of China. For one thing, Chinese swimmers Sun Yang and Ye Shiwen have become shining stars in events that Western athletes have dominated for decades. Some  Western media have yet to adapt to the new reality, so they exert every effort to blacken the performances of Chinese athletes.


Apart from sports, the West has always shown a similar dark psychology and mentality toward China's rise. As long as China has made progress in science, technology, economics and social development, the Western world has been busy making up stories about China "cheating" or "violating international rules."


The core of this mentality is that many in the West are unwilling to recognize the fact that China is now the second largest economy in the world.


At the London Olympics, it is irresponsible for Western media to pour filth on Chinese athletes who win because of hard training and years of arduous preparation.


All in all, arrogance and prejudice violates the Olympic spirit. It is time to tear off arrogance and prejudice, now and forever.




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