These pictures are really insane sight to be seen especially that Rio Olympics in 2016 is nearly approaching. It is said that they are doing this kind of “training” to be an elite athletes someday.
As been aforementioned in Smash Website, these photos are from the Nanning Gymnasium in Nanning, China, known as one of the harshest training camps in the country. As harrowing as these pictures are, astonishingly, parents willingly send their children there to learn how to become Olympic champions. It is also said that children in China start training incredibly young, from around 5 or 6-years-old.
It is also mentioned that it wasn’t just leading up to Beijing 2008 that the abuse happened either, Reuters reported that it was still going on for the last Olympics held in London in 2012. “The whole-nation system is disastrous.
Lastly, the budding young talents are shut up in closed training schools from a young age and apart from their own events, almost have no other life skills.” Reuters quote a user on China’s microblogging site Sina Weibo. The Chinese see their elite sport programme, part of the Communist “juguo tizhi” or “whole nation system”, as a way to boost national pride and build confidence.
We all know that in order to become a great athlete, one must face certain hardships through undergoing trainings like these, but is this one an acceptable one? Or should I say, is this a humane thing especially to children at their age?
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