Chinese players who are eligible for the Olympics have had to make sacrifices during the opening ceremony, which is expected to be the biggest sporting event in the country’s history.
China’s Ministry of Culture and Sports has also announced that some athletes who have qualified for the Beijing Games have had their eligibility revoked.
“We have decided to restrict eligibility for some of our top athletes and their teams, who have been involved in the preparations for the Games,” a ministry statement said.
“Some of them have been unable to attend the opening ceremonies.”
They will be ineligible for participation in the Olympic Games and the subsequent activities in Beijing.
“The announcement follows a similar announcement last week by the Beijing Olympics organizing committee, which said that some Chinese athletes would be excluded from the opening of the Games, the Beijing News reported.
In August, China’s Sports Minister Yang Zhigang told Xinhua News Agency that the country had reduced the number of qualifying athletes from about 1.2 million to around 1 million.”
I have to say that there are more people eligible to participate in the Games in the first place,” Yang said at the time.
China has been hosting the Olympics for more than a century, but has been reluctant to hold the Games until the country has built a better stadium.
The Olympics are also expected to generate significant revenue for China, and are expected to have an impact on the Chinese economy.
The Beijing Olympics, which are expected run for 16 years, will be held in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin.