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China keeps low key at East Asian Games
28/10/2005 17:01

Despite the presence of 11 Athens Olympic champions on its roster, China has kept a low key about its medal prospects at the upcoming East Asian Games in Macau.
"It is hard to predict how many medals we will win at these games," Cui Dalin, China's deputy Chef de Mission, told a press conference in Macau on Friday.
"I think the competition here would be highly intense and the medals difference between delegations should be small," he said.
China has dominated the East Asian Games since 1993, winning around half of the gold medals available at each of the previous editions.
With its best-ever gold medal haul at last year's Olympics in Athens -- 32 golds after the United States'35, China is expected to enjoy another gold medal harvest in Macau.
Cui, however, warned against underestimating China's East Asian rivals at the Oct. 29-Nov. 6 games.
"Each country or region has its own strong sports. Even Hong Kong and Macau are highly competitive in some events. They can also cause upset," said Cui.
China has brought the largest contingent of 394 athletes, followed by Japan, 337, and South Korea, 305.
A total of some 1,900 athletes from China, South Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Hong Kong of China, Macau of China, Chinese Taipei and Guam will contest for 234 gold medals in 17 sports at the 4th East Asian Games.