Over the years, the People's Republic of China has emerged a sports giant, and done very well at the prestigious Olympics & other top sport events. However, its growth and development in the field has come at a very big cost.
Reports suggest that the culture of sports and fitness has still not taken roots in the country even as majority of its population--more so the young adults and children--are not only unhealthy, they also suffer from various diseases. They are also not very sports/fitness-oriented as one would have expected from the people of a nation which is next only to the US at the Olympics--in terms of winning the overall number of medals.
Another cause of worry is the fact that China over spends to bag medals at the Olympics and other top sport events. As suggested by certain reports, it roughly spent a staggering $ 50 million at the Athens Olympics to pocket a medal. This is certainly a very big amount and robs the nation much of its sports glory.
Keeping these facts in mind I guess our achievements and performances at the Olympics and other leading events is not that bad as we would like to believe--more so if we consider the truth that the government and other involved organizations hardly spend much on our athletes and sportsmen in particular, and sports & athletics in general.