Posted on Oct 06, 2007

If this isn’t “cruel and unusual punishment” or even “personal (mental) injury,” then what would be? Thank the Chinese paparazzi in Beijing for presenting all the evidence a jury would need to convict. Accompanying a report was a photograph of a father, hoisting a whimpering and exhausted 10-year-old girl from the chilly waters of a Chinese river. Look closely and you’ll notice strings dangling from the girl’s wrists and ankles.

Dad Ties Up Daughter for Chilly Swim

In extreme vicariousness, a father tied together the hands and feet of his 10-year-old daughter and forced her to swim for three hours. Why? To train for the Olympics, of course, which are to be held in China next year.

He said this “training” would help the girl achieve “her” dream of swimming across the English Channel. Of course, the girl has not publicly spoken on “her” wishes or reaction to the training regimen.

Huang Li swam more than a mile in the Xiang River in late September. The father was “kind enough” to let her swim with the current. However, she had to swim by moving like a dolphin, sometimes paddling with her bound hands.

Huang Daosheng, lacking the credentials of a swimming coach, let alone a father, said, "Her swimming skills are perfect and she insisted on doing this," he told Daosheng said his daughter got the idea after seeing similar training on television.

Upcoming Olympics Spurs Extreme Training

Sadly, this wasn’t the only instance of “Chinese Dads Gone Wild.” Earlier this summer, 8-year-old Zhuang Huimin ran over 2,200 in 55 days. During this “fun run,” her father rode behind her in a motor scooter he didn’t have to peddle.

After that “Polar Bear Dip,” 10-year-old Li’s face was so chilled, it was blue, reported one Chinese newspaper.

But since she’s such an adept swimmer (is that with or without her extremities bound), dad wasn’t concerned. "It's not dangerous because, first, her swimming skills are really good and second, I was swimming with her, staying close to her," he said. "I had her when I was 35, so she is my heart. I would never play around with her life." Does he not consider possible hyperventilating, cramping, fatigue or drowning “playing around?”

It is reported that budgetary restraints prohibit the father from hiring a skilled coach. Hopefully, there’s insurance for neglect, personal injury or wrongful death.,2933,299262,00.html

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