China Declares Itself Winner Of The Olympics After Claiming Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau Medals
17 Aug 2021
Chinese has declared itself the winners of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after dubiously boosting their medal count to claim more golds than Team USA.
According to pictures posted online, Chinese state media have disregarded the IOC’s medal count which placed the USA first and The People’s Republic at second.
China earned 38 gold medals, 32 silver medals, and 18 bronze medals for a total of 88 medals. Images posted on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, and China Central Television showed an altered medal count, including medals won by Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau.
Hong Kong & Macau are special administrative region (SAR) of China officially governing themselves under the “one country, two systems” philosophy.
Taiwan on the other hand is officially known as the Republic of China but claims independence from the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
The International Olympic Committee recognises Hong Kong and Taiwan as independently competing nations but does not recognise Macau as a National Olympic Committee – despite them also competing independently.
The whole fiasco shouldn’t come as a surprise with the PRC notorious for their fierce commitment to sporting success.
The PCR finished in the top three spots in the overall medal tally in every summer Olympics since the 2000 games in Sydney, coming close to topping the medal table after beginning the last day of competitions leading the gold medal race.
However Team USA women’s volleyball and women’s basketballs won their games to bring in the final gold medals.