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Old July 13th, 2001, 12:08 AM
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Default 2008 Olympics in China ...

What do you think?

There are the obvious challenges of infrastructure.

Then we have the equally obvious political questions.

If I were on the IOC, I would vote "no" ... what do others think?

Cruiseships were used as "hotels" in Sydney. Not a possibility in Beijing unless they start digging canals now.

Just a passing thought that might be worthy of comment. I guess we will know the answer tomorrow.

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Old July 13th, 2001, 06:35 AM
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Based on some of their policies, I'd vote no also, but if they do get it, YOU are a Travel Writer Pamda, you will need 3 assistants to cover the story (on location of course). In addition to your Capt'n, I humbly volunteer and you know who will tag along!
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Old July 13th, 2001, 07:00 AM
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I think a lot of people feel strongly that China shouldn't be awarded the Olympics mainly because of their human rights track record. Even though, it seems as though they are the front runner to get the bid. This is an article from Newsweek about the topic http://www.msnbc.com/news/597627.asp Also check out the link "Golden Handcuffs", which is an editorial supporting China getting the bid to see another view on the subject.
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Old July 13th, 2001, 07:23 AM
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A definite NO - too many human rights problems.
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Old July 13th, 2001, 08:17 AM
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I say vote for Toronto!

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Old July 13th, 2001, 09:17 AM
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Myself I would say NO but the Olympics is not supposed to be about the politics of the world, but like everything else it is political.
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Washington/Baltimore in 2012, please!!!!! I'll rent my house out during that time and take another cruise!!!
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Oh Barb, that is a good idea! I'm in Hagerstown and the talk is that some of the events will be held in the Frederick area! I can smell some rents coming in!
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Old July 13th, 2001, 10:41 AM
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Well, they got it. IOC said they tried to look past the controversy of their human rights record and instead focused on their ability to host the olympics; Beijing has committed billions of dollars for infrastructure improvements and environmental cleanup. They also had overwhelming support from the city's residents (CNN).

Should be interesting.
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Old July 13th, 2001, 11:26 AM
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Tampa is in the running for 2012, too...can't believe we will be competing with you guys up north! Think we will concede and let you have the traffic! Mgram
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Since I have been to Beijing I can tell you the number 1 reason why they shouldn't hold them there - POLLUTION. Half the people in my group left China with a hacking cough that tooks months and antibiotics to get rid of.
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Default Re: 2008 Olympics in China ...

Paul ...

There was a lot of footage on TV last night about the pollution problem, which is what prompted my question about infrastructure.

Though we've never been to Beijing, we've heard a lot from a friend who is the head of the Temple University law school outpost in Beijing. He spends two or three months a year there and comes home with exactly the same cough you describe.

I still remember the Mexico City Olympics when athletes had breathing problems because of the altitude. I don't think there was as much pollution in Mexico City and environs then as there is now, but maybe that was part of the problem?

What are the track and field people supposed to do? Train by running behind a 1972 Buick with a bad exhaust system?

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It just proves how the world leaders truly feel about Human Rights!" When push comes to shove, they shove it!
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It was the IOC that shoved it, not world governments. Do any of you really think that the US will get the olympics for a long time to come comsidering the next winter olympics is in Salt Lake City? I for one wish they'd go back to once every 4 years. Much more exciting that way.

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