Tokyo 2020 Olympics: US media criticized for Olympic medal table


American media companies have been criticized for their presentation of the number of Olympic medals, which puts Team USA in the lead.

NBC, which broadcasts Tokyo 2020 in the United States, counts all the gold, silver and bronze medals won in its medal table, which puts the United States ahead of China, ROC, Great Britain and Japan.

The same was also done by The New York Times and Washington post, who were accused of misrepresenting the totals.

In their tables, the United States tops the list with a total of 64 gold, silver and bronze medals, ahead of China with 62 and ROC with 50.

But the official Olympics website and most non-US outlets base their medal table rankings on the number of gold medals won.


According to this tally, the country at the top of the gold medal table may have fewer overall medals than the countries behind them.

Thus, on the medal table of the official website of the Olympic Games, China, with 29 gold medals at the end of Monday’s events, leads the United States, which has 22 gold medals, with Japan. in third place with 17.

The Olympics table includes an overall ranking number next to each country’s position in the table.


And the gap has not gone unnoticed by social media users who have challenged US media on the matter.

“Never seen a country as self-centered as the United States,” tweeted @Folarin_AA.

“The Olympic medal table is generally organized according to the greatest number of gold medals. New York Times try to spin it.

And @kapitan_Joey, added, “You just gotta love the American press. Not NY Times, WaPo and other media casually showing the United States at the top of the Olympic medal table (by number of medals), rather than China (by number of gold medals).

“Take a close look at Twittermates. In every table or medal list since the start of the Olympics, the nation with the most gold is always FIRST. The fragile American ego just can’t handle 2nd place. America is a petulant toddler, ”@IanRichardMarkG tweeted.


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