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POLITICS AND SPORTS —— A LETHAL COMBINATION

May 7, 2008

 

 

  Good evening,Smile

 

 

           Liberation,

           Bondage,

           What are they to me?

           What do I care for freedom?

           For I have known God,

           The infinite Self,

           The witness of all things.

           Without, a fool.

           Within, free of thought.

           I do as I please,

           And only those like me

           Understand my ways.

 

                                      –Ashtavakra Gita 14:3-4

 

So finally the Genie was out of the box. The long suffered , simmering discontent of the Tibetan people has bursted into anti-olympic showdown against the Chinese authorities , all over the world. It started in Tibet itself, where it is still continuing , leading to loss of lives.

The violent uprising was so sudden that it took Chinese authorities into backfoot. That too, when China has become a leader in almost every field. It’s economy is the fastest growing at around 11%. It’s foreign reserves are the highest in the world. The staging of the economy is the further demonstration of the already well established Chinese economy.

This uprising sets apart all the above theories . Nobody would like to see this protest at this Juncture.The speculation of a planned attack against China cannot be ruled out.

 

Should Politics and Sports be mixed ?

 

It has become a Billion Dollar Question.

HBX

Videos of the protests in PARIS and LONDON

Paris Olympic torch protests (control plus click)

Pro-Tibet and anti-China protesters have clashed with police in Paris as the Olympic flame continues its world tour.

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1. Protesters try to grab the Olympic torch in London(control plus click)

Several protesters tried to grab the Olympic torch as it was carried through London. Free Tibet demonstrators are angry that the torch is being used as a symbol to promote the Chinese government.

China vows to keep torch on track . 

 

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Seven protesters were arrested after the San Francisco action .Protesters in the US have displayed a banner on the

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Beijing has said "no force" can stop the Olympic flame relay, as it faces protests on the US leg of its journey.

Seven pro-Tibet demonstrators have already been arrested in San Francisco after tying anti-Chinese banners to the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The flame is due to arrive in the city within hours, following anti-Chinese protests in Paris and London.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) members will discuss the torch relay in meetings in Beijing in the coming days.

IOC President Jacques Rogge said he was "deeply saddened" by the protests in London and Paris and concerned about the next leg of the flame relay in San Francisco.

The IOC is unlikely to scrap the rest of the international leg of the Beijing torch relay, says the BBC’s Olympics correspondent Gordon Farquhar.

What is most likely is that the Beijing international relay will continue, and a decision will be taken after the Games in China about the desirability of holding international relays before future Games, our correspondent adds.

Disrupted route

The flame was lit in Olympia, Greece, on 24 March and is being relayed by torch through 20 countries before being carried into the opening ceremony at the Beijing Games on 8 August.

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  "Using the torch this way is almost a crime. This is the property of the IOC, it is not a Chinese torch "

                                         Swedish IOC member Gunilla Lindberg

 

But the torch had to be put out three times in Paris because of the protests. The flame itself was kept alight in a safety lantern. Demonstrators are protesting at China’s security crackdown in Tibet after recent unrest against Chinese rule. Tibetan exile groups say Chinese security forces killed dozens of protesters. Beijing says about 19 people were killed in rioting.

 

HAVE YOUR SAY !!!

These protesters are doing the wrong thing, using the wrong method, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, to send the wrong message .

Chinese state TV said the protesters in London and Paris were a "handful of Tibetan separatists".

Condemning the disruption to the relay, Beijing Olympic organising committee spokesman Sun Weide told reporters the torch relay would continue as planned.

"No force can stop the torch relay of the Beijing Games," he said in Beijing.

But the International Olympic Commitee, currently holding a meeting in the Chinese capital, is to discuss whether torch relays should continue for future Games.

IOC press commission chief Kevan Gospar said that this year’s 137,000km torch relay will continue as planned, "but certainly, the IOC executive board should review the torch relay programme for the future".

Olympic torch protest in US (control plus click)

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Long history of Olympics protests

By Paul Reynolds
World affairs correspondent, BBC News website

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The argument in brief: San Francisco demonstrator awaits Olympic torch

 

Protests and boycotts are almost another category of Olympic sport.

In fact, it is quite rare for the Games to pass off without controversy.

"The Games are very easy targets for boycotts," Tony Bijkerk, President of the International Society of Olympic Historians told me.

"I don’t agree with them, as they hurt the athletes more than anyone else. But the Games provide a world-wide podium for protest every four years. And there is not much the Olympic movement can do about it."

When Barcelona held its successful Games in 1992, it was the first time since the Rome Games in 1960 that there were no boycotts.

Those were the heady days when the Cold War had just ended and another source of boycotts, apartheid, had also disappeared. South Africa was welcomed back that year.

A tradition

Beijing’s opportunity to show China’s advancement into the modern world has also given demonstrators their chance to return to what is really an old Olympic tradition of protesting.

It goes back to 1908, when Irish athletes, angered at the refusal of Britain to give Ireland its independence, boycotted the Games in London.

On a smaller scale, the US team refused to dip its flag to King Edward VII in the opening ceremony.

"This flag dips to no earthly king," was the captain’s comment. The US tradition of dipping its flag to nobody has continued since and will provide its own little side story when London is the host in 2012.

In 1932, there was a preview of the problems that would come four years later when, in Los Angeles, an Italian winner gave a fascist salute on the podium.

Berlin 1936

The Berlin games in 1936 (awarded to Germany before Hitler came to power) "would have to take the first prize for the most controversial", according to the Olympic Historians’ Society Vice President David Wallechinsky.

The Nazis drenched the games in propaganda. There were calls for boycotts – and actual boycotts by some Jewish athletes.

But the United States did attend after Avery Brundage, President of the American Olympic Committee, overcame calls for a US boycott.

The irony is that the Games are now also remembered for the performance of the black US athlete Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals under Hitler’s nose.

Cold War intrudes

After World War II, the Games resumed, but the Cold War began. There was a flavour of that in Helsinki in 1952, when the Soviet athletes stayed on their side of the border and came across only to compete.

 

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In Mexico in 1968, John Carlos (right) gives black power salute…

In 1956, in Melbourne, the troubles in the Middle East made themselves felt when Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon stayed away because of the Suez invasion by Britain and France. The Cold War had an impact when the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland refused to go because of the Soviet crushing of the Hungarian revolution.

Tokyo in 1964 saw boycotts from Indonesia and North Korea over an argument about their athletes competing in some rival games and South Africa was banned because of its racial policies.

Mexico’s 1968 Games were marked by two very different protests. In the first, students demonstrated against the government about ten days before the Games and were fired on by the Mexican army. More than 200 students were killed.

Then, during the games, two black US runners, Tommy Smith and John Carlos, raised their hands in a black power salute from the podium. They were expelled on the grounds that political gestures are banned from Olympic ceremonies, but they had a huge impact.

Munich 1972

The most disastrous games of all, in which protest moved into violence, was in Munich in 1972.

Gunmen from the Palestinian Black September group got into the Israeli compound, by climbing over an unguarded fence, and by the end eleven Israeli athletes had been murdered. The Games paused for a memorial event – and then went on.

Political influence continued in Montreal in 1976, when 26 African countries held a boycott because New Zealand, which had played rugby in South Africa, was allowed to compete.

Montreal started another trend in controversy – the cost of the Games. It plagued Athens and is plaguing London.

The big boycotts

The biggest boycott of them all came in 1980 when 62 countries led by the United States stayed away from Moscow following the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan the previous year.

 

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now Carlos demonstrates with the "human rights" torch and US flag

Retaliation followed in Los Angeles in 1984. The Soviet Union led an Eastern bloc boycott.

The Games were at a low ebb. Politics had nearly taken over.

The Seoul Games in 1988 saw something of a recovery, and even North Korea’s refusal to attend, annoyed that it was not the co-host, impressed only Ethiopia and Cuba, who stayed out in sympathy.

Recovery was celebrated in a big way in Barcelona four years later and although the Atlanta games in 1996 were marred by a bomb explosion, they were also largely free of protests.

Sydney in 2000 was judged one of the best Games ever. Athens, while hit by a large bill, went off smoothly as well.

But Beijing has shown that protests are always ready to erupt. London can hardly be immune.

 

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                                                 Mr Eifrig said he was saddened by the 2008 controversy

 

 

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A Torch Bearer passes the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin 1936

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Torch lit in Olympia on 24 March and taken on five-day relay around Greece to Athens .

After handover ceremony, it is taken to Beijing on 31 March to begin a journey of 136,800 km (85,000 miles) around the world .

Torch arrives in Macao on 3 May. After three-month relay all around China, it arrives in Beijing for opening ceremony on 8 August .

 

 

 

                                                                          Anurag Dubey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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