China Wants to Repress Olympic Athletes

February 11, 2008

China is asking all athletes of all nations to sign a contract that bans them from making political statements against China, or they will not be allowed to travel to China this summer.

The Daily Mail reports…

British Olympic chiefs are to force athletes to sign a contract promising not to speak out about China’s appalling human rights record – or face being banned from travelling to Beijing.

The move – which raises the spectre of the order given to the England football team to give a Nazi salute in Berlin in 1938 – immediately provoked a storm of protest.

In short, China is forcing athletes to sign a contract barring them from speaking against the country or else they won’t be allowed to Beijing and thus able to compete in the Olympics.

“The move – which raises the spectre of the order given to the England football team to give a Nazi salute in Berlin in 1938 – immediately provoked a storm of protest.”

This is chilling sinister stuff the likes of which the world has not seen in the sporting arena, since the Hitler Games of 1936. China has been a nation thriving on human rights violation, repressions of freedom, illegal occupation of Tibet and now this.

I have always maintained that it is one of the worst diplomatic decisions to award the Olympics to a country like China.

I wonder what India's stand will be with its athletes who represent the country at various sports. I hope that India does not force its athletes to do what the British are asking theirs.

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February 11, 2008
04:44 AM

All nations should show China the finger and simply boycott the Olympics... that will be a mighty kick in the nuts for the Chinese who have been doing massive preparations for the Olympics.

I'm afraid our government will allow itself to be armtwisted by the Karats and the Yechurys to accept China's demand.

February 11, 2008
05:44 AM

um, should this read "oppress" and not "repress" ?!?

February 11, 2008
06:19 AM

It is but a "little" piece of a much larger image.

China has started an information war, and the BERLing2008 Olympics are its secret weapon.

As well as its weak point.

Get Aware.
Take Action.
Boycott BERLing2008!

March 16, 2008
10:50 PM

Chinese govt and its people are immensely insecure about their country's image and are very defensive of China's policies. ever tried to curse Chinese policies in front of a Chinese? oh man, the reaction you get is worse than showing the red rag to a drugged bull..

it is one of the worst countries on earth as far as human rights go..

the west and rest of the world will not oppose China on its policies as the economic pie that the trade with China offers is too juicy to be thrown away.

it is upto the individuals who can bring some change..we should stop buying Chinese goods and not watch the Olympics on TV or worse still go to China to watch these games..

March 19, 2008
08:42 PM

No mention of repression in Tibet on this Leftist-controlled website, unfortunately. Tibetans are being shot in the streets, and the Chinese govt is blocking all media coverage while declaring the pacifist Dalai Lama a "monster". But at least the Chinese govt can take comfort in knowing that their censorship policy is not out of step with and its belligerent suppression of free speech or dissent.

March 19, 2008
09:29 PM

Sanjay, we don't 'control' what writers choose to write about - you're welcome to contribute a piece, or you might see one come up from another author.

March 19, 2008
09:53 PM

I wonder whether the International Olympic comm knew this condition before they awarded them the games. Perhaps in futeure they will not accept this kind of condition from a host country. In the meantime I agree with the boycott idea. But I am afraid it is not going to fly.

March 19, 2008
09:53 PM

Aaman, you certainly do have a censorship policy to selectively suppress opposing views -- one which would make the People's Republic of China proud.

Deepti Lamba
March 19, 2008
10:11 PM

Sanjay sorry to disappoint you but we have already addressed the issue- Freedom of Tibet- Standing Up To China

March 20, 2008
08:23 AM

Hypocrisy, coming from those who'd censor in the same slanted way. Some people really can't see the forest through the trees.

Deepti Lamba
March 20, 2008
10:11 AM

Not your kind of forest Mr Sanjay thats for sure;)

March 20, 2008
06:08 PM

jeebus sanjay, your selective reading skills are very impressive. before you whine you might want to check the facts.

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