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  1. International legs of Paralympic relay scrapped

    Posted Jun 26th 2008, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... have lost their chance to pass on Olympic flames. I think the disabled torch-bearers like me can make the same sacrifice.' Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has issued ... played down widespread suspicion the move was designed to prevent a repeat of the public relations disaster that followed chaotic scenes during the Olympic flame's international relay legs. ...

  2. Letters

    Posted Feb 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the Olympic ideals and should never have been allowed by the International Olympic Committee. I am concerned about the rampant nationalism. Too much prominence is being given to the nationality ... We must get back to the original ideals of the ancient Olympics The death of an athlete training for the Winter Olympics in Canada raises wider questions about the extent to which ...

  3. Olympics may be used 'as a pretext' to abuse human rights, warns Amnesty International

    Posted Apr 30th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Miller

    ... Tom Miller in Beijing The central government's preoccupation with creating a 'harmonious' environment raises fears that the Olympic Games will provide a platform for human rights abuses, according to a report published today by Amnesty International. The latest issue of 'The Olympics Countdown' report, which judges the mainland's recent record ...

  4. Committee to set dos and don'ts for WTO protests

    Posted Jul 19th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Dikky Sinn Arrangements for handling the 10,000-plus demonstrators expected to turn out during December's World Trade Organisation meeting will be overseen by a special committee ... since January. Alliance chairwoman Elizabeth Tang Yin-ngor said the establishment of the committee showed the administration's sincerity. Ms Tang also quoted government officials as saying ...

  5. Standing Committee praises relief effort, backs rebuilding plan

    Posted Jun 27th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... for this year and of hosting a successful Olympics remained arduous despite initial 'victories' in rescue and relief efforts. The Standing Committee session also approved a plan to adjust ... Shi Jiangtao Government-led rescue and relief efforts following the Sichuan earthquake have been praised by the National People's Congress Standing Committee, which approved ...

  6. Ease limits on foreign press, club says

    Posted Aug 08th 2006, 12:00am by Paul Moon, Paul Mooney

    ... to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Bocog) yesterday, the club said a survey had shown authorities 'frequently detain foreign reporters, and occasionally use violence against them and their sources'. 'China's controls on foreign media are not in keeping with China's commitment to the International Olympic Committee ...

  7. Oodles of Olympic spirit

    Posted Jul 09th 2008, 12:00am by Miranda Yeung

    ... sports ground last week. The event, organised by the British Council's Young Advocate Programme and Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled, ... in the able-bodied Olympics. Young Advocate Roy Lau Chi-keung said Hong Kong actually had a good record in the sport. 'But, no one in Hong Kong knows that,' he said. The event had special meaning ...

  8. UN committee hears HK rights group concerns

    Posted Nov 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang Police strip-searches, asylum policy, child rights on agenda The United Nations Committee Against Torture yesterday heard the concerns of Hong Kong rights activists about police strip-searching procedures and the lack of a clear government policy on asylum seekers. The views were put forward as the Geneva-based committee began a hearing on human rights in Hong ...

  9. Fake minority children took part in Games opening ceremony

    Posted Aug 16th 2008, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... are very normal in mainland performances. There is nothing special,' said Wang Wei , executive vice-president of the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. This is the third ... Jane Cai and Peter Simpson in Beijing Even the children were fake. The youngsters, dressed in 56 ethnic costumes in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, were not all selected from ...

  10. Olympic Briefs

    Posted Jan 28th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... SPITTING AND LITTERING ON THE DECREASE Spitting is on the decrease in Beijing, a new study claims. According to the Humanistic Olympic Studies Centre at Renmin University, spitting ... the 15.5 million citizens. SPONSOR FORGETS THE GREEN DRIVE German car maker Audi and the ranks of Beijing's VIPs have gone against the drive for a green Olympics by ordering more than 1,000 ...




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