Category : olympics

China: Beyond the village gates

The estimated 30,000 journalists expected to converge on Beijing for the 2008 Olympiad need to prepare themselves well in advance before they blunder across one of the world’s least understood and most volatile domestic political stages, writes Rohan Jayasekera The XXIX Olympiad in Beijing will be covered by an expected 20,000 accredited sports media workers […]

Fanning the flames

Would an Olympic boycott really inspire China to improve its human rights record and its dealings with Tibet? Or would it make things worse, asks Nick Young Tibet’s Himalayan neighbours in Bhutan and Nepal are beginning to build political institutions better fitted to the 21st century, and there is no doubt that Beijing should renegotiate […]

Washout in San Francisco Bay

The increasingly farcical Olympic torch relay made its way to California yesterday. Lucie Morilllon of Reporters Without Borders was there After the London and Paris demonstrations that disrupted the Olympics torch relay and angered Chinese officials, the world’s eyes were on San Francisco — the next city scheduled to welcome, 9 April, the symbol of […]

This sporting li(f)e

alt informationIndex examines the tarnished world of sport. Has commercialism destroyed sportsmanship? What is the significance of race in sport?