Pouring water on the rings

9 Apr

As the Olympic torch continues its journey around the world on route to the Beijing Olympic stadium, the level of public disapproval to China and its policies shows no signs of abating. The Olympic flame with its supposed symbol of peace and hope are being met with protestors everywhere who are angry about Chinas role in Sudan and their reckless policy in Tibet.

Not only is it damaging the Beijing games but it is also damaging the Olympic brand.

The Chinese games are a bold move by the IOC to bring the rings to all corners of the world. Slowly that ideology is being eroded by what is uniting pressure from public opinion.

The torch relay is meant to signify the purity of the games, coming from its ancient home in Olympia, Greece to its final resting point high above the Olympic stadium. The fact it passes through so many territories on route acts as a testimony to mankind that we are better off acting together and living in peace, with respect for one another. The current perception of China goes against these ideals and puts at its very heart the belief people can put behind the principles of Olympism and the games.

Only time will tell how China can turn this around.

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