The games are meant to teach peasants about sport, partly to keep them content and on the farm, said Kang Wenbing, 18, who competed in the men's grain collection race. "If farming life remains all drudgery, of course people will keep leaving the land. There are 900 million peasants in China. They need the release of sport," said Kang, of Fujian province, still huffing after his heat.Of course, none of the people it's meant to reach can afford to attend these glorious feats of strength ... and that's just fine with the government since they don't want them there anyway.
Quanzhou's 32,000-seat stadium was virtually empty on Tuesday and no food or drink were provided at venues. "There aren't enough people coming for that," said a stadium official. "Besides, these are peasants. They would litter the food everywhere."You stay classy, China. China's Sixth Peasant Olympics: Pictures Worth a Whole Mess of Words Dept. [Time] China's farmers cultivate sport at 'peasant olympics' [AFP/Google]