OLYMPIC DIFFICULTIES – BEIJING 2008

It seems that its all about the Olympics at the moment, or to be more precise about the hosting of the Olympics in China. For those of you who have been living in a hole for the last few weeks, the basic crux of the matter is that people are up in arms about China’s occupation of Tibet, their human rights abuses etc. And, as a consequence have been protesting at the tour of the Olympic flame around the world. The basic tenant being that China are using it as a propaganda opportunity.

I have to honestly say that I have varying views on this issue. Firstly, I want to make it clear that I do sympathise with the plight of the people of Tibet, as I understand it. I also, am not a fan of the way that the Chinese hierarchy go about their governmental business (nicest way to put it!).

But, being a total sports nut, I find myself also taking a view of this from the point of view of the competitors who will participate in the Olympics later this year.

We have know that the Olympics would be in Beijing for nigh on eight years now. And, while I am aware that a stipulation of the granting of the game to China was that they improve their human rights approach I cannot fo the life of me understand why people have waited until 6 months prior to the games to highlight the issue? Would it not have been better to do this right from the off, therefore putting more pressure on China as it would have put the pressure on while also giving China the time in which to make improvements and to show that this had been done?

As for the competitors. All of them have worked very hard to qualify to particiate in what will most likely be the pinnacle of their careers. Why should they suffer as a consequence of politics?

I know this is a huge can of worms, but this is a prime example of having, somehow, to separate sports and politics.

Just throwing it out there!

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~ by knightfall on April 15, 2008.

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