Chinese delegation to be largest ever with more than 400 athletes set to travel to Tokyo Olympics

There were 1,099 people in the delegation to the Beijing Games in 2008, including 639 athletes.

The Chinese Olympic Committee announced on Wednesday that the Chinese mainland will send 777 athletes, including 431 athletes, its largest overseas delegation in history, to the Tokyo Games later this month. 99.61 percent of the delegation’s members were vaccinated, according to the committee.

Experts say China’s active participation shows its support for the Tokyo Games, the first modern Olympics to be held during a pandemic. After “Team Dragon” was officially announced on Wednesday in Beijing, the complete list of the delegation became public. In addition to 30 major events, the mainland delegation is registered to attend 225 minor events—a record number of minor events.


33 major events and 339 minor events will take place in Tokyo during the Olympic Games. The Chinese mainland delegation to the Tokyo Olympic Games includes 777 people, including 431 athletes (298 female and 133 male). This is the first time all three major men’s squads for basketball, football and volleyball have been absent.

A total of 30 foreign coaches cover 17 different sports and come from 19 different countries, including the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, and France, according to China Central Television (CCTV).

The 431 athletes come from 28 provinces, including 33 athletes from nine ethnic groups. The athletes are an average age of 25.4. Li Zhenqiang, 52, a member of the equestrian team, is the oldest. The youngest teammate is Quan Hongchan, 14.

All athletes will be tested daily during the Tokyo Olympics.