Su Bingtian running alongside Usain Bolt at the World Championships

BEIJING — With less than eight months to go, China has stepped up its momentum to prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Delegates from all sports participated in the meeting organized by the General Administration of Sport of China (GASC) here on Dec 10 to commence their winter training.

In 2015, China has maintained its advantage in some sports, including table tennis and diving. More surprisingly, it made some breakthroughs in athletics and swimming at the world championships.

Su Bingtian, clocking 9.99 seconds, became the first Asian to have appeared on the world championships men’s 100m race final. The “fantastic 4”, Zhang Peimeng, Su Bingtian, Xie Zhenye and Mo Youxue, captured a historic men’s 4x100m relay silver medal at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

In team sports, two of China’s national teams gave their fans much joy: the women’s volleyball team secured the ticket to Olympic Games with their World Cup title, so did the men’s basketball team in Asian Championships.

The glory has been the history. Liu Peng, the minister of the GASC, mentioned some new changes and challenges ahead, especially in terms of the government expenditure increase by some countries.

“It has posed severe challenges to our preparation.”

“Actually, the toughest rival in training is ourselves,” Liu said.

As usual, China will keep its zero-tolerant stance against doping, and have a close look at some food-originated problems.

Over 300 athletes
It was announced that a huge portion of the Chinese Olympic team will travel to Brazil soon to begin final preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games.

Accordingly more than 300 athletes from China will head to the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo to train for the Games. Beginning on June 22, these competitors will be training in Sao Paulo, which is located down the Brazilian coast from Rio de Janeiro.

The Chinese team will include “athletes in swimming, gymnastics, football, tennis, rugby, water polo, volleyball, fencing, boxing, table tennis, badminton, synchronized swimming, modern pentathlon and taekwondo.”

The 2016 Olympic Games are less than two months away, and they’re set to open on August 5th in Rio de Janeiro. China, usually a top competitor on the medal table in the Summer Olympics, will look to bring home as much hardware as possible again this summer.

China’s badminton star Lin Dan’s reconnaissance mission to Rio ended successfully as the Chinese left the 2016 Olympics host city with a wealth of preparation notes and a YONEX Brasil Open title to his name.

Lin won the men’s singles title, with a routine win over Spain’s Pablo Abian 21-13, 21-17 as China swept the board after five victories.

The great Chinese had been ousted at the Hong Kong, China and French Opens in the run-up to the Rio test event, but he announced his intentions to ratchet up the intensity and focus fully on a third straight Olympic gold next year.

“The competition for places in China is ferocious,” Lin told

“Starting with my training this winter, I will be working systematically. Next year, I will become totally focused on the competitions.”

If Lin has been the mainstay of China’s success over the last decade, more future stars came to the fore in Rio over the weekend too.

Chen Qingchen and Zheng Siwei, who won the World Junior Championships mixed doubles title recently, won the Rio test event title with an easy 21-12, 21-10 victory over Russian pair Evgenij Dremin and Evgenia Dimova.

Lin Dan in action at the Brasil Open
Lin Dan in action at the Brasil Open