Friday, 18 July 2008

Dwain Chambers, China's Beijing games and the Olympics...

So Dwain Chambers has lost his case to be allowed to run for the Great Britain team in the Beijing Olympics next month.

Quite right too.

He knew that Britain had such a ruling before he took his performance enhancing drugs. The fact that Britain is the ONLY country to have such a restrictive ruling is unfortunate for him and maybe unreasonable, but it depends upon how strongly Britain feels about playing sports with and against other countries that do not have such a harsh ruling. But Britain does have that ruling and so there you have it.

On the other hand I have seen that Britain is quite willing to ignore the harsh realities of life in China and to witness and have its politicians, diplomats and business representatives witness the crackdowns, the imprisonment and the killings of Tibetans by the Chinese authorities and the corruption of their Government and officers.

If you think the whole charade stinks, you'd be right.

It does.

The whole Olympic movement is corrupt and always has been. The idea that there is an Olympic amateur ideal in 2008 is laughable. Britain now finds itself in the unenviable position of not wanting to upset that apple cart as then who knows what will happen in the run-up to the 2012 Games ??

If however you want to make your feelings felt, and agree with any of the above, and have friends who think likewise, then why not let the friendly sponsors know?

Change your credit card for instance. Ditch the Visa and get a Mastercard

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