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The gold medal for anti-Beijing hysteria goes to the NYT for its unhinged attack on China’s Olympic success

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On Thursday, the NYT published an astonishing article titled ‘The Chinese Sports Machine’s Single Goal: The Most Golds At Any Cost’. The piece effectively claimed China had rigged the Olympics for political purposes, accusing it of “putting tens of thousands of children in government-run training schools” and funnelling young athletes into “less prominent sports that Beijing hopes to dominate.” The prize? To earn as many gold medals as possible, in the process scoring political points and bringing glory to their country.

And no, it was not a parody.

While the medal table is turning out to be fiercely fought between the United States and China, both of whom have a rich Olympic history, the article was patronizing, ridiculous, and just outright insulting to the Chinese Olympians who dedicate their lives towards competing and excelling in their chosen events (as does any athlete from anywhere in the world).

If you accepted the New York Times’ view, you would think they have no incentive, ambition or purpose of their own to participate, but rather are content to be mere tools of the state.

More than that, though, the piece is inherently ironic and totally lacking in self-awareness, given there is arguably no other country in the world that is more competitive and pursuant of sporting supremacy than the US.

It’s easy to conjure up in our minds the stereotypical image of a US........

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