For China, quality of skills outweighs quantity of medals
DOHA: Quality is the adjective of choice for Chinese gymnast Chen Yile and coach Liang Chow as they describe their team’s strong suit for the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships that will begin on Thursday at Aspire Dome.
“It’s the quality of all of the team members,” Chen said after Wednesday’s podium training. “We can do every apparatus well. We have very high quality.”
Technical precision may be the base of China’s gymnastics, but harmony is its heart.
“We all trust each other,” said the 16-year-old Chen, a gold and silver medalist at the FIG World Challenge Cup of Melbourne, Australia, in February. “We work as a team.”
The Doha Worlds will serve as the first step towards qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and Chen said her squad is ready.
“We want to try our best to get Olympic qualification,” she said. “That is the goal for the whole team, so everyone will try their best. We have confidence to get it.”
Chow (also known as Qiao Liang) said he and his gymnasts are less motivated by medal prospects than the opportunity to showcase their technique and style.
“We’re not trying to focus on the medal chances,” Chow said. “We’re focusing more on the performances. I think it’s more of a focus on the quality of gymnastics, showing the judges and showing the world.”