This was my question:
What will happen to those poor Chinese and Russians who didn't get a medal???
Where is the implication
of brutal treatment that you assume
Obviously if those children are made to dedicate their young lives (18 hours a day?) to become an olympian athelete their education has to suffer. If they are released from the program for not bringing home the medal, where do they go? what do they do? Do they have a future? Are they tossed aside as if they are garbage or does the government help them to continue on another path?
The article states that they have one purpose: make China proud. It's all about national pride. Public failure would be a disgrace to the country.
You use Iraq as a reference. I don't recall reading about the repercussions athletes suffered from from not bringing home a medal. How about a link on that?