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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperSports / China Daily ExclusiveSoccerBasketballVolleyballTennisGolfTrack & FieldSwimmingMotorChinaStarsEditors Pick:Brazil World Cup-winning captain Carlos Alberto diesLippi to be coach of Chinas national team: reportRio 2016 Olympic GamesSilk Way RallyKobe BryantJust in:China beats Germany 7-4 in mens curling Olympic qualification10:31Gremio facing uphill battle in FIFA Club World Cup: coach10:12Spanish coach Lillo parts ways with Atletico Nacional09:59Bayern beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in UEFA Champions League09:23Guoan swoops for Lucas08:41NBAs Shoemaker ending China stint08:41Russia banned from Pyeongchang Winter Olympics07:58David Shoemaker to step down after seven years as NBA China CEO14:46Former Jiangsu Suning striker Jo voted best player in Brazil10:42Paraguay part ways with coach Arce10:28new srcMarquee(“ScrollMe”,0,1,808,30,30,3000,3000,30)Exotic Brazil winning over athletesBy Sun Xiaochen (China Daily) Updated:2016-08-06 01:53Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallClockwise from top left: The Rio Summer Olympics mascot Vinicius sets an exuberant tone. The Olympic torch is carried on the bay in Cabo Frio in Rio de Janiero state ahead of the Games opening. Chinese fans cheer on Wednesday during the China-Brazil womens soccer match, which Brazil won. An Indian athlete joins Brazilians in dancing the samba. Fireworks light the night sky during a rehearsal of the opening ceremony scheduled for Friday evening in Rio de Janeiro. Photos by AGENCIES and CHINA DAILYBeijing hopes nations delegation expands its strong performance to wider range of sportsWith final touches being put in place, the Rio Summer Games are ready to go.
As the Olympics were about to open in Rio de Janeiro with an exotic ceremony at the iconic Maracana Stadium on Friday (Saturday morning Beijing time), concerns about Rios security, makeshift venues and coastal water pollution were still making headlines worldwide.
However, improved conditions at the Olympic Village and at competition venues, coupled with Brazils captivating culture, were making up for any deficiencies of spectacle that Olympic Games usually feature to impress athletes from around the world.
“Its for sure not the best Olympics in terms of facilities, but what we are provided is more than OK to compete in and to enjoy the whole journey,” said Xu Anqi, Chinas Olympic champion fencer, after attending the Chinese delegations welcoming ceremony at the Olympic Village on Wednesday.
For Xu and the rest of more than 14,000 athletes participating in the first Olympics staged in South America, the samba dance and indigenous music performed during each delegations welcoming ceremony offered a glimpse of Brazils unique culture.
“Weve long heard that the Brazilians are all very passionate. It seems they well deserve that reputation, and even behave beyond that,” said Xu, who helped China win the womens epee team gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012.
Nonetheless, the complaint from the Australian team about poor living conditions in the village, and pictures of Chinese table tennis players refitting broken shower curtains and toilet lids by themselves, went viral online and raised concerns about Rios readiness to accommodate such a huge group of elite visitors.
The organizing committee reacted quickly to fix the problems in the village while working against the clock to finish decorating the competition venues and testing equipment at the last minute.
The effort won over athletes. “When we arrived one week ago, it was worse. It gets better every day. I think when the competition starts, everything will be taken care of,” said Austrias Gernot Rumpler, who will compete in the mens 10m air rifle.
The Chinese delegation has set its sights on delivering a more balanced athletic performance in Rio.
Vice-Premier Liu Yandong visited the Chinese athletes at the Olympic Village on Thursday, encouraging them to do their best to showcase the countrys athletic prowess while making more friends at the Rio Olympics.
Liu Peng, Chinas sports minister and delegation chief, said Chinese Olympians expect to not only continue dominating in their strong events but also to challenge the worlds best in other sports in which the Chinese previously were weak.
“Weve improved in sports like collective ball games, swimming and track and field that we were not good at in the past. We hope we can deliver our progress in such sports in Rio,” said Liu.0Related StoriesRio Olympics orders send warning to Chinese exportersChinese tourists spending big in Brazil for OlympicsTip Talk – 2016 Rio Olympics!New York Times launches text-message journalism for Rio OlympicsIOC approves 271 Russian athletes to compete in Rio OlympicsMade in China at the Rio OlympicsPhotoPyeongchang Winter Olympics torch relay kicks offTokyo marks 1,000 days until 2020 Olympic GamesFed Express eclipses his old foe Rafa againChinese sprinter Su Bingtian and wife hold wedding ceremony in hometownLi Na tastes local delicacy during WTA Wuhan OpenPlayer party held for 2017 WTA Wuhan OpenMost PopularWhats HotRio Olympic Games raise its curtainHighlightsBadge collectors gather for Rio OlympicsChinese marathon runners cheer for Rio OlympicsChinas professional athletes who served in militaryFirst ray of sunshine greets Rio ahead of OlympicsSpecialRio 2016 Olympic Games2016 Chinese F1 Grand Prix in ShanghaiShanghai Rolex MastersIAAF World Championships Beijing 2015…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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