Zhu Ting Photo: VCG
With just five days to go to the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, the Chinese Olympic delegation has become the hottest topic in China, and volleyball player Zhu Ting is even more eye-catching.
Beloved Chinese volleyball player Zhu Ting was announced as co-bearer of the national flag at Friday’s opening ceremony of the Team China delegation to Tokyo on Saturday evening. Zhu, the No.1 contributor of the Chinese women’s volleyball team that won gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016, was due to become the first female Chinese flag bearer in the history of the participation of the country in the Summer Olympics.
What worries the Chinese public most is also the status of the Olympics in terms of epidemic prevention, the younger blood of the Chinese delegation and the players who would shine for China at the Olympics.
“To be China’s flag bearer is an honor and a special responsibility,” Zhu told Xinhua News Agency on Sunday. “It gives me more motivation to do well every day and every step of the way.”
Zhu will hold the Chinese national flag, along with Chinese taekwondo player Zhao Shuai, when the Chinese delegation enters the opening ceremony in 111th place among all teams, according to International Olympic Committee protocols.
Chinese netizens said the entry streak – 111 – bodes well for Chinese athletes to “win all the top spots in all races.”
The Chinese mainland sent a delegation of 777 people to Tokyo, including 431 athletes, its biggest overseas team ever.
The delegation is registered to participate in 225 events in 30 sports, a record for participation in the events. Of the athletes, 19 are Olympic gold medalists, while 293 athletes will make their Olympic debuts in Tokyo.
Asked about the Chinese women’s volleyball team’s goal in Tokyo, Zhu said he was aiming for the gold medal. “We will act like this is a normal time and do our best. The goal is always to hoist the national flag and play the national anthem.”
Women’s volleyball is the traditional strength of China, and it was one of the Chinese Olympic events that won gold along with table tennis, badminton, diving and weightlifting. For China’s national sport – table tennis – the goal is still to win the five gold medals on offer.
China has won 28 of 32 table tennis gold medals since the 1988 Olympics.
China is also expected to make inroads in other sports where it is not traditionally strong.
In track and field events, China also made a breakthrough in the last Olympic cycle – in the women’s 20-kilometer walk. In the women’s shot put, China has the talent to win gold. Gold medals are also expected in the women’s javelin and the men’s 20-kilometer walk. Relay events should also see new better results.
Karate athlete Yin Xiaoyan is also expected to win gold.
China aims to maintain the top spot in the medal count, ensure the absence of doping and discipline issues, and ensure the delegation is not involved in the transmission of COVID-19, said Thursday. Gou Zhongwen, head of the General Sports Administration.
Olympics-related staff await epidemic prevention and immigration checks after arriving at Narita International Airport on Sunday, five days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Cui Meng / GT
During a trip to Tokyo, a reporter for the Global Times deeply felt the importance the Olympic Committee attached to epidemic prevention in many aspects such as check-in, boarding and entry into Japan.
Upon recording, the reporter was asked to show his Olympic media accreditation and a certificate of two nucleic acid tests (within 96 hours) issued by a designated agency. As boarding time approached, two staff members were at the gate with information boards advising passengers about “maintaining social distancing” and the follow-up requirements needed after entering the country. . A large screen at the door paraded with advice on disease prevention.
Unlike previous flights where a first aid evacuation video was shown prior to take-off, an in-flight outbreak prevention video was shown first.
After arriving in Tokyo, the gaming staff got off the plane after the regular passengers and performed another nucleic acid test at the designated spot.
The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee announced on Sunday that two overseas athletes who remained in the Olympic Village had tested positive for COVID-19. On Sunday, the number of people who tested positive for the Olympics had reached 55.