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Why is it I hear that athletes who wave the Tibetan Flag or wear traditional dress at the Beijing Olympics could find themselves punished under Article 51 (3) of the Olympic Charter?

But wait … the penalties for such a “crime” however, remain unknown. How is that?

It seems that the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which issued the guidelines in April, wants to please China, the current Olympic host country, therefore it takes upon itself to quash even the slightest sign of political expression.

Does this mean the free expression of athletes is being denounced and silenced before our very eyes?

If the Olympics starts on this footing, don’t you think that the international games would be intensively politicized, when that is what everyone is trying to avoid?

Read what Article 19 and Reporters Without Borders says in the press release: Waving the Tibetan flag may bring untold consequences for Athletes, warns OIC.

Says the two International organisations:

“In keeping with the conduct of China, the current Olympic host country, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has taken it upon itself to quash even the slightest sign of political expression. The free expression of athletes is being denounced and silenced before our very eyes.”

23 responses »

  1. hutchrun says:

    Maybe they`ll shoot the offending athletes and make their families pay for the bullets – or IOC will pay.

  2. Shower says:

    But wait … the penalties for such a “crime” however, remain unknown. How is that ? ” wants to please China”,

    Hi Susa you looks funny with the comments, do you agree that in future when Thailand holds the Asean or Asia Games, the Muslims in Southern Thailand to do such thing .

  3. pnrtfher says:

    Just how will the americans feel if athletes in London 2012 deck themselves out in Osama Laden outfits, complete with turban/burqa, suicde bomber belts and AK47s?

  4. hello says:

    hi shower, i do agree with you.

    susan, will you agree to let the southern thai muslim people to decide their own whether they want to independence from thai?

  5. hutchrun says:

    Haha that`ll happen in the 2012 Olympics.:
    timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article597161.ece

  6. hutchrun says:

    China: Officials Say Uyghur Group Involved In Olympic Terror Plot
    http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2008/04/a952bd39-d338-4c97-a26a-58aca707b35c.html

  7. bamboo river says:

    Since when Olympic is a POLITICAL SPORT?

  8. hutchrun says:

    Since 1936?

  9. Harrison says:

    I know 1 good friend of my sis. dislike me even to the extend of verifying my IP address when I happened to post a commentery in his blog against his biases against the Tibetans and his unflinching support for the Palestinians.
    I only happened to stumble upon his blog appearing at the sidebar column at Malaysiakini’s portal. I have a Dynamic IP, my friend.😀

  10. hutchrun says:

    Now we`ll hear of his hiatus in prison then.

  11. James Low says:

    Don’t mix sports with politics. Tibet is part of China long, long ago and it will, forever, always be .

  12. Shower says:

    hello, let see how she bends toward right and left.

  13. soh hai says:

    //// Don’t mix sports with politics. Tibet is part of China long, long ago and it will, forever, always be . ////

    Tibet NEVER ever was part of china. d**k.
    diff language, diff culture, diff religion. diff people.

    if bosnia, croatia, slovenia, montenegro – all tiny wheeny countries of the same stock of people can get independence – so should tibet.

  14. ktemoc says:

    Susan, I have to say I agree with those who believe sports, especially the symbolic Olympics, shouldn’t be mixed up with politics – we have seen the sad outcome of the Yanks politicising the Moscow Games and the Russian’s’ tit for tat retaliation at Los Angeles. Athletes trained for donkey years to see their effort come to nought because of political grandstanding.

    No doubt the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan supporters see the Beijing Olympics as an opportunity to rejuvenate their cause and hopefully to embarrass the Chinese government into some form of political concessions. Sadly, I doubt that they will succeed, but alas, some would have been and will be hurt or killed, all for nought too.

  15. shag says:

    Absolutely James. And you should add:

    Sending Chinese goons to forcefully wave Chinese flags during torch runs is sport.
    Sending the olympic torch up to Mount Everest is sport.
    Lastly the Dalai Lama is a reactionary deist western stooge.

  16. oster says:

    Just as Tibetan activists indulge in politics, those who counter these measures with Chinese nationalism are doing the same. So should we start investigating those who feel that waving the Chinese flag as a response to Tibetan activism political as well?

    The rule that says politics shouldn’t mix with sports is entirely arbitrary, and the definition of what constitutes politics and sports and just plain campaigning for what one considers human rights is entirely subjective.

    Just like numerous other problems in the world, trouble arises when one group of people try to impose their subjective opinions on others, just like how Free Tibet activists and China nationalists are doing.

    @people who talk about south Thai independence, why not? Let them have a referendum on their future. And let Tibetans select their future, instead of letting Beijing or Washington decide.

    cheers

  17. oster says:

    And to people who say “Tibet has been with China in the past and will forever be”

    I say “the Social Contract agreeing to racialism and Ketuanan Melayu purportedly made between our multiracial ancestors were made in the past, and forever will be true”. Do you agree? Or should the present generation of Malaysians/Tibetans choose their own path?

    cheers

  18. Penang says:

    Please show us the proof that the so-called “Social Contract agreeing to racialism and Ketuanan Melayu” even exist, before you even open your mouth, okay?

  19. freewave says:

    Some people likes to wave the flag and shout China get out of Tibet, leave tibet what ever. Our people likes to wave the keris and shout foreigners get out of malaysia.

    Come to think of it, Hishamuddin has his right to say what he said, hasn’t he?

    People, leave the olympics alone and mind our own problems please.

  20. BrightEyes says:

    Well, looks like China is meeting up with the TGIE (Tibet Gov In Exile). I guess all the hoo-haa & objections around the world beared some fruit.

  21. oster says:

    “Please show us the proof that the so-called “Social Contract agreeing to racialism and Ketuanan Melayu” even exist, before you even open your mouth, okay?”

    I don’t believe it exists, and therefore don’t support it.

    That’s why I don’t believe the claim that Tibet necessarily belongs to China either.

    cheers

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