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Du Li of China waves to the audience after the women's 50m rifle three positions final of shooting at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 11, 2016. Du Li won the bronze medal. (Xinhua/Han Yuqing)

Chinese shooting plans to call up more shooters into the national squad to prepare for the delayed Tokyo Olympics.

BEIJING, May 20 (Xinhua) -- An expanded squad will be called up for the next Chinese national shooting team training camp to strengthen the preparations for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games, the team announced on Wednesday.

Du Li of China participates in the Women's 10m Air Rifle Qualification competition of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 6, 2016. (Xinhua/Qi Heng)

Team China said in a statement that their aim is to enlarge the selection pool for the upcoming Olympic Games and other major sports events shortly, including the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games and the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

The Tokyo Olympic Games, which were initially scheduled for this summer, have been pushed back for one year to July - August of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The shooting team won China's first-ever Olympic gold medal in Los Angeles 1984, but suffered a significant setback four years ago in Rio de Janeiro, collecting only one gold, two silvers and four bronze medals, which was the worst performance for the team since 1988. ■

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