Photo Essay

Sport factory

Sport factory China

The Shichahai Sports School in Beijing has approximately 600 students and 80 coaches training in ten different sports. Children are handpicked from around China and sent to be trained as the next generation of Olympic champions for sports including table tennis badminton, weithtlifting, gymnastics, volleyball, boxiing and taekwondo.About half the students pay their own way with the other half, called 'professional reserves,' having all their training, academic and accommodation expenses covered by the country.

2 responses

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (27 Sep 2012):

    This is really a good photo essay and children are being groomed from childhood for olympics. But it has come to the notice that tiny children are being tourchered by the chinease sports teachers for the same. Recently there was a documentary film on this aspect,, which is really pathetic and not acceptable. The photographs are very good.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (28 Sep 2012):

    Great photos, wonderful story! TY for sharing.

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