Concerns and Controversies Over the 2008 Summer Olympics

Liu's plight a mark of China's gold obsession

'Please pay attention to Chinese track and field.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:15pm

Hurdles star Liu says young Chinese are not fighting fit

Liu Xiang is, with basketball star Yao Ming , one of the top stars in Chinese sports, so when he raises a concern about the mainland's physical weakness at grass-roots level, people pay attention.

5 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Call for government help


Hong Kong lawmakers have asked the central government for help.

They have asked Beijing to look at the issue of press freedom.

Two weeks ago police beat up three Hong Kong reporters. The reporters were in Xinjiang to cover a protest.

14 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

This week: One World, One Dream

22 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Legal activist missing since checking on protest permit, group says

A Fujian legal activist who applied to stage a protest in one of three government-approved Olympic protest zones is missing after going to police to check on his application, a human rights watchdog said yesterday.

14 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

No 11: Ma Yibo

Dainty dimples peep out and there is a hint of a blush. But Ma Yibo quickly mouths 'no', insisting she does not have a boyfriend.

She is no starry-eyed woman dreaming about love and romance. The captain of the Chinese women's hockey team is all business - her only purpose in life right now is to guide China to a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

29 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Wrong message sent to 'ultimate judges'

The irony was not lost on anyone who read Friday's People's Daily article 'To be kind to the media is to be kind to the global audience', and was then treated to video footage showing Beijing police using unnecessary force to manhandle Hong Kong journalists who tried to cover chaos surrounding the sale of Olympics tickets that day.

28 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Police manhandle HK journalists

Post lensman detained amid scuffles; media groups decry assault on press freedom

Hong Kong reporters were pushed, jostled and manhandled by mainland police in Beijing yesterday when they tried to cover chaotic scenes as tens of thousands of fans fought to grab the last batch of Olympic tickets.

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Officials set to do without cars

National and municipal authorities in Beijing have started cutting the number of government cars on the capital's roads in line with a pledge to reduce their on-road fleets by 70 per cent from July 20 in the interests of cleaner air and smoother traffic for the Olympic Games.

26 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

HK hints at tougher entry for Olympics

Anti-Games visitors 'not welcome'

The government said yesterday it would not welcome anyone who 'seeks to damage the solemnity' of the Olympic Games in Hong Kong, following its banning of several foreign human rights campaigners ahead of the torch relay last week.

7 May 2008 - 12:00am


Games should be about individuals

We have finally learned who will be taking part in tomorrow's Olympic torch relay in Hong Kong.

Of the 120 bearers, less than 50 per cent will be 'athletes, retired athletes and other sports figures' ('Athletes, politicians and tycoons head torch list', April 30).

1 May 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing must shake off that know-it-all attitude

Last week's Olympic test events at the Bird's Nest did exactly what they were designed to do - test Beijing's state of readiness for the Olympics. They also tested the patience and understanding of the proud mainlanders who, after a series of recent events - torch relay melees, et al - have become increasing irritated with critics bashing their much-adored Games.

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Deputy defends liaison office's role to nominate torch-bearers

A top official from the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong has defended its right to recommend torch-bearers for the Olympic torch relay in Hong Kong after it was criticised for interfering in the city's affairs.

26 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Police quiz student on protest plan

Netizens urged to rally for Tibetan self-determination during torch relay

Police will meet a university student today who called on netizens to protest for Tibetan self-determination during next week's Olympic torch relay in the city.

25 Apr 2008 - 12:00am


Tourism Board mindful of public funding

I refer to the letter by Robert Maes ('Olympic sign a waste of money', April 19).

25 Apr 2008 - 12:00am