Friday, 3 August 2012

Consent, Abuse, Trauma?

PUBLISHED: 15:44, 1 August 2012 | UPDATED: 17:41, 1 August 2012

Torture or training? Inside the brutal Chinese gymnasium where the country's future Olympic stars are beaten into shape

"Her face etched with pain, a child trains for Olympic glory while her gymnastics trainer stands on her legs.

The cartoon space rockets and animal astronauts on her tiny red leotard are a stark and powerful reminder of this little girl's tender age as she trains as hard as any adult athlete in the Western world.

Nanning Gymnasium in Nanning, China, is one of many ruthless training camps across the country to which parents send their children to learn how to be champions."

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