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Outcry after Chinese Olympian is asked about her ‘manly look’ by state media 

Outcry after Chinese Olympic shot put gold medallist is asked about her ‘manly look’ and when she’ll get married and have youngsters by Beijing state media

  • Female CCTV reporter spoke with Gong Lijiao after she received gold in Tokyo
  • She asked the athlete if she had any plans for a ‘lady’s life’
  • She additionally pestered the 32-year-old about whether or not she had a boyfriend
  • Gong appeared to take it in her stride and was not rattled by the impertinence  

A Chinese state media interview with an Olympic gold medallist about her ‘manly look’ and when she’ll get married and have kids has brought about outcry.

A feminine CCTV reporter subjected Gong Lijiao, 32, to the deeply personal interrogation after she received gold within the girls’s shot put in Tokyo on Sunday.

She commented on her ‘bashful smile’ whereas asking if she had a boyfriend and whether or not she would take him on in an arm wrestle. 

Despite being stunned by a number of the questions, Gong appeared to take it in her stride and was capable of snicker off many of the lady’s impertinence.  

But she later waded into a number of the social media furore and steered that such personal questions wouldn’t have been put to a male athlete.  

A feminine CCTV reporter spoke with Gong Lijiao after she received gold within the girls’s shot put in Tokyo on Sunday

Gold medalist Gong Lijiao of China celebrates after winning the Women's Shot Put Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Gold medalist Gong Lijiao of China celebrates after successful the Women’s Shot Put Final on day 9 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Gong proudly holding her gold medal inside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo

Gong proudly holding her gold medal contained in the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo

The phase began with a bit to digital camera by the reporter who referred to Gong as a ‘manly lady,’ earlier than it minimize to the athlete answering her first question. 

‘I could appear to be a manly lady on the skin, however inside I’m nonetheless extra of a woman,’ she replied. 

The reporter asked: ‘Do you could have any plans for a lady’s life?’

Gong appeared barely shocked, replying: ‘Woman’s life?’

The reporter described Gong as having ‘a bashful smile.’

The shot putter mentioned: ‘Um… perhaps I’ll have a look at my plans. If I do not practice then maybe I’ll reduce weight, get married and have kids. Yes, it is the trail one should soak up life.’

The reporter adopted up by asking about whether or not or not Gong had a boyfriend and if she want to give any potential suitors an arm wrestle.

Gong laughed because the interview concluded, telling her: ‘I do not arm-wrestle. I’m very mild.’

The line of questioning sparked fury in China with many taking to social media to criticise the state TV reporter.

‘Is marriage the one factor that may be talked about girls?’ A trending hashtag mentioned. 

China's Gong Lijiao competes in the women's shot put final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

China’s Gong Lijiao competes within the girls’s shot put remaining through the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

One commenter mentioned: ‘Won an Olympic gold medal, nonetheless cannot shut up this group of nosy girls.’

One submit on Gong’s Weibo web page, the equal of Facebook, mentioned: ‘It’s not that she will be able to’t get married, it is that no man is her match… after we discuss about girls, it isn’t simply about marriage or appears, but in addition goals and achievements.’

Gong herself responded to the submit, saying: ‘This completely expresses what I really feel! Thank you!’ 

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