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  • China Refuses To Send Delegation To Olympics???

    Why am I not surprised? China refuses to send delegation to the Olympics? Am I missing something?

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    August 07, 2008
    Citing Poor Conditions, China Refuses To Send Delegation To Olympics



    BEIJING—In an 11th-hour move that shocked the international athletic and political communities alike, the Chinese Olympic Team announced Wednesday that it will not be attending the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing due to "shocking, shameful, and ultimately dangerous environmental conditions" in the host city.

    "Given the unconscionably bad environmental state of the area in and around the site of the 2008 Summer Games, we cannot in good conscience allow Chinese athletes to compete in China," said Olympic committee spokesman Sun Weide. "We deeply apologize to China for the bitter disappointment they will feel at not being represented in these Games. However, we place the blame squarely on China for their failure to prepare a suitable venue for international competition."

    "Frankly, it seems to me that in terms of air quality, water purity, and general contamination, Beijing is barely even capable of supporting human life, let alone strenuous activities such as team sports, swimming, and long-distance running," added Weide, who has lived in Beijing all his life. "We can only hope our refusal to compete in this city will result in real change for its long-suffering residents."

    Weide's sentiments were echoed by other high-ranking members of China's Olympic athletic community.

    "China's Olympic athletic community should be deeply ashamed of itself," said Zhang Tianbai, deputy director of the PRC's Athletic Sciences and Education Department and director of China's Olympic Committee. "When factories have to be shut down for a month beforehand just to clear the air, when automobile traffic is artificially thinned to reduce smog, when thousands of uniformed men have to dredge the river mere days before the regatta, in a city that is supposed to be the pride of a nation and the athletic center of the world for two weeks—disgusting is not too strong a word."

    Director Tianbai joined Li Furong, vice president of the Chinese Olympic Committee, in calling for the immediate resignation and possible indictment of the entire Chinese Olympic Committee.

    The 639 athletes chosen to represent China were informed Wednesday night that they would not in fact be competing in Beijing. Although all were shocked at the suddenness of the decision, most took the news stoically.

    "I was very much looking forward to making China proud," said 100-meter hurdling champion Liu Zhang, who had expected to defend his gold medal in Beijing. "But, if I am honest, China should be ashamed of itself."

    "I shall regret this for the rest of my life, but I think the current conditions Beijing are currently worse than the ones I encounter in my polluted, petroleum-fume-choked home town," said Rockets center Yao Ming, easily the team's most prominent athlete. "Which is Beijing. Things have gotten even worse since I moved."

    "It brings me great sorrow to say this, as I had hoped that Chinese athletes would return from Beijing triumphant, having demonstrated our nation's greatness on a global stage," Hu Jintao, president and paramount leader of the People's Republic of China. "However, China's blatant disregard for its responsibility to the basic health, welfare, and safety of its Olympic participants has forced us to withdraw China's athletes for their own protection, and I urge the Olympic teams of all other nations to do the same."

    China's Olympic team will spend one last night in their Olympic quarters before returning Friday to Beijing, where they will resume training for next year's Pan-American Games.

    http://www.theonion.com/content/news...nditions_china

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    Interesting.... yet:

    A) Everyone else (athletes) will still be attending (even though 99%, I'm sure, hate the fact of having to compete under those conditions).

    and

    B) The world still allows this to happen. The only place worse that they could have decided to hold the Olympics to send a message to the world would have been Tehran. Disgusting.
    Last edited by Chit2001; 08-08-2008, 09:36 PM.
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    • #3
      You do realize that this came from the ONION, right???
      “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

      "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

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      • #4
        It would be awsome if athletes start speaking out against China...
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        • #5
          Maybe it'll end up like the Israeli hostage thing.. if the thing SFGUY said happens.

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          • #6
            I think China did it on purpose... gives them the advantage since they've been breathing the crap forever...
            “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

            "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

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            • #7
              I'm watching the Olympic Games opening ceremony and the Chinese athletes just marched in. I take it they changed their minds, handed out emergency inhalers and said, "Rots of Ruck! Now get out dere and rin just ron for the Gipper!"

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              • #8
                haha...I almost missed the onion link. I wouldnt have been surprised if it was real

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                • #9
                  They're Ronald Reagan fans over there, are'nt they?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by justhomp View Post
                    You do realize that this came from the ONION, right???
                    Ha! That's what I get for not checkin' my sources.
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                    • #11
                      Well they did a helluva job with the opening ceremony. Wow!
                      It woulda been even better if someone could have goten Bob Costas to shut up.

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                      • #12
                        Well, I guess the jokes on me, folks. The Onion, eh?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by PB3021 View Post
                          Well they did a helluva job with the opening ceremony. Wow!
                          It woulda been even better if someone could have goten Bob Costas to shut up.
                          Agreed about Costas.

                          I was enjoying the ceremony, even though they displaced a couple THOUSAND people and destroyed their homes to build the arena.

                          Actually, my only real complaint, that really ticked me off, was our stupid, ghetto Team USA people that just had to look "cool" by wearing their "hats" sideways, crooked, and half way off their heads. C'mon people, can't look PROFESSIONAL for at least 20 minutes?? It was quite embarrassing for me..


                          Originally posted by Stormy View Post
                          Well, I guess the jokes on me, folks. The Onion, eh?
                          ROFL, really stormy? You didn't realize?? Now THAT's funny!
                          “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

                          "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

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                          • #14
                            Originally Posted by Stormy View Post
                            Well, I guess the jokes on me, folks. The Onion, eh?
                            Originally posted by justhomp View Post

                            ROFL, really stormy? You didn't realize?? Now THAT's funny!
                            justhomp,

                            After reading your comment about 'the Onion', I felt pretty stupid for posting the article. It didn't make sense to me why China's Olympic team would pull out of their own Olympics. Maybe the smog was too heavy, even for the Chinese? At least, that was my first impression.

                            Glad everyone had a good laugh.

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                            • #15
                              LMAO!!!!!

                              It happens to the best of us, Stormy

                              I didn't even see the source, so naturally, I thought it was legit.

                              The Onion is a hilarious "spoof news" agency.... sheer entertainment.
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