Friday, August 6, 2010

China takes aim at regional rivals on Asian Games fairways

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hina's young golfers will soon catch traditional regional powers Japan and South Korea, starting at this year's Asian Games, according the Chinese officials.
Zhang Xiaoning, secretary-general of the China Golf Association (CGA), told local media the body plans a national training camp for the November 12-27 Games in Guangzhou.

There is still a big gap between us and the Asian first-class golf countries, like South Korea, Japan and India." Zhang was quoted as saying by the China Daily on Thursday.
"(But) we have been preparing for the Asian Games over the past two years. We have provided a lot chances for the amateur golfers and a lot of young players have stood out."
Zhang added: "Playing on home soil, I just hope our young players can play at their normal level and get the much-needed experience to catch up with our neighbours."
South Korea swept all four gold medals in golf at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha and has won 12 golds in total at the regional event. Japan is second on the list with seven golds.
China has won just one medal, a bronze by Zhang Lianwei at the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima.
However, the country has invested heavily in the sport, especially since it was voted back into the Olympic Games and is scheduled to make its return at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
China will hold an 11-player national training camp from later this month before the team is announced for the Guangzhou competition.
The Asian Games will host more than 14,000 athletes and officials from 45 Asian countries.

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