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China to field 19 Olympic champions at Asian Games

Date : 08 Aug 2018

Beijing, China, August 8, 2018: China's delegation to the 18th Asian Games was announced on Monday. Of the 845 athletes selected, 631 of them lack any Asiad or Olympic Games experience, reports Xinhua.

Chinese athletes are set to compete in 38 of the 40 sports, missing only weightlifting due to an international suspension and kabaddi.

Among the 1,200-plus delegation, there are 19 Olympic champions in swimming, cycling, taekwondo, trampoline, diving, volleyball and badminton.

Notable names include China's most decorated badminton player, Lin Dan, who will play in his fifth Asian Games, as well as three-time Olympic champion swimmer Sun Yang and 100m sprinter Su Bingtian.

The average age of the Chinese delegation is a relatively youthful 24.4 years old, with competitors ranging from 13 to 61 years old.

In preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, China will for the first time send a fully-equipped logistics service team to the tournament, consisting of medical staff, trainers, therapists, physical fitness instructors, and information technicians.

"We will set up a logistics camp outside the Village for the first time in order to better serve the athletes," said Liu Guoyong, director of competition at the State General Administration of Sport. "It's a practice of sports reform in China and also a successful experience we have drawn on from other sporting powers.

"This Asian Games functions as a mid-term test and a valuable experience leading up to Tokyo 2020, and also serves as a comprehensive check on the state of competitive sports in China.

"The Chinese delegation is aiming to demonstrate both the sportsmanship and sports prowess at the Asian Games which will also help us find promising stars, and allow our young athletes to gain practical experience," added Liu.

China has been a dominant power since the New Delhi edition in 1982, leading the medal tally in nine straight tournaments. At the 2014 Asiad, China collected 151 golds and 342 medals overall, far ahead of the 79 golds and 234 medals of hosts South Korea.

The 18th Asian Games will be held in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2.

Article: Zhang Rongfeng, Xinhua

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