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  1. Olympic politics and the 'known unknowables'

    Posted Aug 10th 2007, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... or perhaps more accurately political control- is never off the agenda. However, this week, Jiang Xiaoyu, the vice-president of the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, said: 'We absolutely oppose the politicisation of the Olympics, because this does not accord with the Olympic spirit.' There are no prizes for guessing that Mr Jiang was referring to attempts by human ...

  2. Beijing to reactivate Olympic security plan for anniversary

    Posted Aug 24th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing Beijing authorities announced yesterday that they will reactivate the blanket security plan used for last year's Olympics in the run-up to the 60th anniversary ... security operation would rival that activated for the Olympics. Officials also said anti-terror forces that kept the Games safe last year would be deployed again. Beijing, the political ...

  3. HK hints at tougher entry for Olympics

    Posted May 07th 2008, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Klaudia Lee

    ... of the Olympic Games in Hong Kong, following its banning of several foreign human rights campaigners ahead of the torch relay last week. This latest stance was severely criticised by pan-democrat ... of the Beijing Olympics. In a paper for the Legislative Council security panel, the government said Hong Kong, as a co-host city of the Olympics, had an obligation to ensure that related activities would ...

  4. Olympics anger swells protests

    Posted Apr 20th 2008, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... brandished banners defending China, attacking Beijing's critics and backing the Olympics. But police banned protests in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, and official media stepped up efforts to damp down ... for the thousands of mainly young protesters. They are outraged by the violent disruption to the Olympic torch relay in Paris two weeks ago and French President Nicolas Sarkozy's suggestion he may ...

  5. Olympics spending still not inspected, audit chief says

    Posted Feb 20th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing With memories of Beijing's Olympics already fading, the mainland's top auditor admits his office has not yet looked into the spending behind the world's most expensive Games. Liu Jiayi, auditor general of the National Audit Office, said yesterday that audits of Olympics-related projects and the expenditure of the Beijing Olympics ...

  6. Talking points

    Posted May 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... announces candidates to host 2020 Olympics The International Olympic Committee's board, meeting in Quebec, Canada, is expected to name the candidate to host the 2020 Games. Applications from ...

  7. Olympic torch relay sparks controversy

    Posted Apr 14th 2008, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau Protesters are dogging the torch relay from city to city. With more trouble to come people are divided on whether sports and politics should mix The 2008 Beijing Olympics ... Last week, scenes of protesters swarming around Olympic torch-bearers in London and Paris made newspaper headlines around the world. Protests against China's policies on human rights ...

  8. Rough ride for Taiwan in the Olympics race

    Posted Aug 17th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... Olympic baseball debut. The country has virtually no heritage in the sport and had never beaten Taiwan, an Asian powerhouse in international competition. Taiwan, on the receiving end of the epic ... cannot accept that it faltered against a perennial baseball minnow and long-time political adversary. The humiliating crash-out added insult to an already rough Olympic journey for the island. ...

  9. Both sides of Olympic protests miss the point

    Posted Apr 20th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Olympic torch relay set off on its Bangkok leg yesterday, but the most prominent scenes of protest were to be seen on the mainland. This time, it was not demonstrators angry ... trade and improve relations between countries. They were not responsible for the Olympics protests in the west. During the relay demonstrations, western governments expressed concerns about ...

  10. Security to be tightened for Olympic torch relay

    Posted Mar 25th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Denise Hung Tightened security will be adopted for the Olympic Torch relay in Hong Kong after an abortive attempt to disrupt the Games on the mainland recently. Details will be announced ... route to Beijing. A China Southern plane that left Xinjiang made an emergency landing in Gansu. The Olympic flame will be carried through 19 cities on five continents before reaching Hong Kong- ...




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