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Per capita, Denmark is Europe’s Olympic champ

Denmark’s 15 medals at the 2016 Rio Games might have only been good enough for 28th place overall, but when you consider the Nordic nation’s small size things look a lot better.

Per capita, Denmark is Europe’s Olympic champ
Swimmer Pernille Blume's gold and bronze medals were two of the 15 won by Denmark. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix
According to calculations made by the website Medals Per Capita, Denmark, with its population of just 5.6 million people, will bring home one Olympic medal for every 378,400 inhabitants. 
 
That per capita haul is the fifth best result in Rio overall and makes Denmark Europe’s per capita Olympic champion.
 
Topping Denmark on the per capita list were Grenada, Bahamas, Jamaica and New Zealand. 
 
Denmark ended its historic Olympics in grand style on Sunday night, with the men’s handball team beating France to claim gold. The handball squad thus joined swimmer Pernille Blume as Danish gold medal winners. The nation also claimed six silver medals and seven bronze. 
 
The 15 medals represents Denmark’s best Olympics performance since the 1948 Games in London. 
 
Crown Prince Frederik, a member of the International Olympic Committee, said the handball victory was the perfect way to end the 2016 Games. 
 
“It’s exceptional. We went from the ashes to being reborn like a Phoenix; it’s like a fairytale. It is so fantastic that they played their way through the Games and this is the icing on the cake,” the crown prince told DR Sporten.

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OLYMPICS

Denmark joins calls to postpone Tokyo Olympics until pandemic over

Denmark has joined the chorus of countries, including Norway, the UK, Croatia, and Brazil, calling for the Olympics to be postponed for a year.

Denmark joins calls to postpone Tokyo Olympics until pandemic over
Morten Mølholm, Director General of the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark, at a press conference, back in 2018. Photo: Asger Ladefoged/Ritzau Scanpix
Morten Mølholm, Director General of the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF), said that he believed the Summer Olympics in Tokyo should be held in 2021 instead.  
 
“We have great respect for the complicated situation the IOC are in, because the Olympics are a big thing,” he told Danish state broadcaster DR. “But we are having a hard time seeing us having an Olympics in the current situation. That's why we think the right solution is to postpone them.” 
 
The decision comes after Norway on Friday sent a formal letter to the IOC, calling for them to postpone the games until the the pandemic is “under firm control on a national scale”. 
 
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The IOC on Sunday responded to mounting pressure with a statement promising to “step up scenario planning” for the games. IOC President Thomas Bach last week said it was “premature” to consider postponing them. The DIF on Wednesday echoed this position, saying that it was “too early to decide”. 
 
But Mølholm told DR on Sunday that even putting the risk of reigniting the pandemic on hold, he did not see how an Olympics held in today's conditions could be fair on athletes. 
 
“At the moment we are in a totally chaotic situation, where many athletes do not have the opportunity to train, and participate in qualifying rounds. Therefore, the only right thing is to create clarity about the situation by taking the decision to postpone it.” 
 
“We do not believe that we can have a fair Olympics this year, as the conditions will be so different for the different athletes.” 
 
He said that difficulties re-booking venues would probably make it practically difficult to postpone by only a few months, making a postponement of a full year the best option. 
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