Chinese children learn how to be champions at training camps: report
The Nanning Gymnasium in Nanning, China, is one of many “ruthless” training camps in China, where children, some as young as five, battle to complete demanding routines on bars, rings and mats, the Daily Mail said.
Parents send their children to the gymnasium to learn how to be champions.
The training techniques, which appear extreme to Western eyes, provide an insight into why China's athletes at the London Olympics seem so easily able to swim, dive, lift and shoot their way to victory, the newspaper said.
Boys and girls who looked no older than five or six-years-old were tasked with swinging on beams, hanging from pairs of rings and bounding across floor mats during the physically strenuous training sessions, it said.
The youngsters at the same training school will be hoping to emulate the success of 16-year-old swimming sensation Ye Shewin, who glided into the record books on Saturday night, the Daily Mail said.