The Chinese Olympics delegation told Wall Street Journal that they do not expect bagging many medals as they did four years ago. China won 100 medals, with 51 gold medals, during the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Deputy chef de mission for the Chinese Xiao Tan told reporters in the Olympic Media Centre that host countries win 32% fewer medals in the next Games, according to his analysis.

He predicted that China will follow the trend. He also pointed out China’s weakness in ball games, particularly the men’s basketball.