Yemen's Houthis say Ramadan humanitarian pause under discussion    Chile beat Argentina on penalties to win first Copa America title    Greece votes in referendum with future in euro in doubt    IS video shows troops' deaths in Syria archaeological site    Clinton: Hopeful US can reach 'verifiable deal' with Iran    Military death toll from Sinai attack rises to 21: Health ministry    Galatasaray sign Podolski from Arsenal    Tony Hall's email to staff on BBC job cut Decision    Proverb of the day : Like the crows' meeting, starts with "caw" and ends with "caw"; mostly noise    Japan pledges $6 bln to Mekong Nations as China prepares New Bank    Euro rises vs. Dollar ahead of Greek Referendum    Eurozone PMI hits 4-year High in June    Turkey's annual Inflation Rate drops to 2-year low    Egypt's president visits military, police officers in North Sinai    Egypt's Tahrir metro station reopens after brief 'security' closure    Syrian army and Hezbollah launch major assault on border city: TV station    Protests And Sinai Clashes Mark Egypt Coup Anniversary    FIFA's Vice-president charged in Cayman Island's Corruption Case    No Blatter, no problem say World Cup organisers    Hot dogs, hot music usher in July 4 weekend    Pressing for a cheaper Internet    Capital city doldrums    Triumphant trio    Drifting the night way    Grab, grunt and lift-off    Baked creamy rice tagine (Roz muammar)    Glowing skin in Ramadan    Sway with the palm    Terror in the Gulf    Putting Israel on the spot    Sinai under control    30 June: Two years on    MUSIC AND DANCE    Did the pioneers go wrong?    Tears of a moderniser    Crisis in Greece: Gov't sees IMF report as justifying its position, accuses media of bias in referendum campaign    Four people die in hospital fire in Nile Delta    Egypt's president ratifies budget for fiscal year 2015/16    Our Condolences to Egyptian People: Netherlands Embassy    United States seeks Extradition of 7 FIFA Officials from Switzerland    UN chief Ban condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Egypt's North Sinai    Electricity, Interior Ministries Step Up Security Operations    US condemns terrorist attacks in Egypt's Sinai, State Deptartment says    Italian police arrest family of couple who traveled to Syria    Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner announce Divorce after 10 years of Marriage    New sports uniforms level the playing field for Muslim girls    Sisi announces Free Treatment for Military Personnel with Hepatitis C    UAE offers Egypt Grant for 10-year Slum Development Project    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.




Your friends recommend

A star afar
Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 07 - 12 - 2006

China is light years ahead in the Asian Games, leaving Japan and South Korea to fight for second place, writes Nashwa Abdel-Tawab
Four days into the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, China topped the table with 51 medals, followed by Japan with 27 medals, and South Korea with 26. The 31 gold medals for China, as opposed to the seven gold captured by Japan, attests to China edging closer to becoming a sporting superpower in time for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
The success of these three countries has created an imbalance in the Asian Games which now focuses more on the Far East than on the 45 countries in general.
For long Japan sat pretty atop the medal table at each Asian Games, but having lost that honour to rivals China at the 1982 edition of the Games in New Delhi, they have since slipped to third behind Korea in all but the Hiroshima Games of 1994.
This means that the 628-strong Japanese delegation arrived in Doha for the Asian Games on a mission to not only reclaim second spot, but to also haul themselves closer to China, who won 150 gold medals in Busan four years ago in comparison to their rivals' 44 -- less than half the Korean tally of 96.
Japan though still leads the way in the number of Asian Games medals won overall with 2,188 in comparison to China's 1,799 and the 1,356 of Korea. While they have won more silver (746) and bronze (654) medals, however, it is China who have won more gold medals with 819 to Japan's 788.
The dominance of these three Asian superpowers is easy to see when you consider that the fourth most successful Asian Games nation is India with a total of 427 medals -- which equates to only a fifth of the number won by Japan alone -- and that divide is sure to widen further in Doha.
In fact when you add all of the medals won by all the other countries and regions they add up to 3,721, significantly less than the 5,343 of China, Japan and Korea put together.
The Japanese squad charged with reclaiming second spot in Asia -- as they did at the Athens Olympic Games of 2004 -- is made up of 352 male and 276 female athletes, some 30 fewer than the number who returned from Busan with 190 medals.
This slight reduction is, however, according to Japanese Olympic Committee vice president Tsutomu Hayashi, merely down to the focus on winning more gold medals in Doha. "We have cut our size because our aim is to win medals," Hayashi said. "We want to put our gold medal target above 50. We want to overtake Korea and climb to second place."
Their best-ever Olympic performance was at the Olympics in Athens when they won a record 37 medals, 16 of them gold. That means Japan will arrive confident of overhauling Korea for the coveted second spot as they build towards the Beijing Olympics.
"We regard the Asian Games as an important step toward the Beijing Olympics. If we can't win in Asia, we cannot fight in Beijing," Hayashi added.
Japan's best hopes of medals are in swimming, women's wrestling, judo and athletics with team captain Kosuke Kitajima and flagbearer Saori Yoshida among the athletes expected to retain their Asian Games titles.


Clic here to read the story from its source.