Olympic athletes told to keep their mouths shut

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    I completely understand the need in political arenas to avoid giving offense when dealing with a regime that one might have objections to, but this decision simply beggars belief. Does anyone know if other countries are forcing their 2008 teams to sign similar agreements?

    I would hope that all our senior atheletes set an example by refusing to sign such a disgusting document, but I won't be holding my breath.

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    Actually the Olympics is supposed to be NON political. The Athletes should NOT be making political statements anyway. But if I were an athlete I would not sign such a clause.
     
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    Knowing us the heat will be on the athletes not to bring back any Chinese tucker and Tsingtao beer* or else (we have strong quarantine laws).

    But the story confuses me. I never knew the England footballers were ordered to give the Nazi salute at the Berlin Olympics (I have to ask who gave the orders). But it's a long way from a team being ordered to show some sort of approval for the regime in charge and a team being ordered to say nothing about the regime in charge.

    I must have missed something.



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    id tell the chiniese government to fuck off
     
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    In Australia we have a Prime Minister who could do it in fluent Mandarin. He won't of course but if he wanted to, he could :D
     
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    Tsingtao rocks! But steer well clear of this truly awful drink they have called Maotai - the only drink I've ever tried that made me want to barf instantly, and to this day I believe I could still smell it 3 days later. It seemed to have become a part of my DNA (I only had one shot glass of the damn stuff). Truly revolting, but if you go out for a business dinner with the Chinese you will be served a glass of this and it's considered insulting not to drink it.

    BTW, a friend of mine from work was recently turned back at immigration in Sydney for having a bit of mud on his golf shoes. :cuckoo:
     
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    Ah the mud on the golf shoes...pretty tough isn't it? Our Quarantine folks are really strict now.
     
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