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!
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.
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).
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.
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?
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.