Sunday, 3 August 2008

The Olympics and China

On Friday, the eight day of the eight month of the eight year, the 26th Olympic Games will open and for the next few weeks some of the greatest athletes in the world will compete for national pride and medals of various colours.

China is treating these games as a giant party to celebrate their emergence as one of the most powerful nations in the world and hopes to top the medal table. I wish the Chinese athletes and all other athletes competing good luck, but all politicians and dignitaries must stay away.

China has some of the worst human rights abuses of the planet, the incidents in Tibet earlier this year, the fact that journalists cannot get free internet access in the media centre and the expulsion of people from their homes show how corrupt and unethical this country is.

All leaders should not attend this is a simple fact and we should not appease China by attending. However the athletes should be free to compete, to even qualify for the Olympics you need to sacrifice for a decade before hand. Waking up at 5am and training before work or school, missing out on friends and parties through your dedication to your sport, this should not be wasted for political grandstanding.

Athletes go to Beijing and do your best in the Olympic spiritfor your homes. Politicians go to Beijing and bring shame on your countries.

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