Chinese shooting team to expand selection pool for Tokyo Olympics prep

2020-05-21 03:00:45 GMT2020-05-21 11:00:45(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BEIJING, May 20 (Xinhua) -- To strengthen the preparations for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games, an expanded squad will be called up for the next Chinese national shooting team training camp, the team announced on Wednesday.

Team China said in a statement that their aim is to enlarge the selection pool for the upcoming Olympic Games and other major sports events in the near future, including the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games and the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

The Tokyo Olympic Games, which were initially scheduled for this summer, have been pushed back for one year to July - August of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The shooting team won China's first ever Olympic gold medal in Los Angeles 1984, but suffered a big setback four years ago in Rio de Janeiro, collecting only one gold, two silvers and four bronze medals, which is the worst performance for the team since 1988.