The host country for 2008 isnt representing itself well! I feel for the people.
August 15, 2008 6:43am CST
I feel so bad for the people of China. We must remember that China isnt a democracy. Some say they're communist. Some say it's a dictatorship. I think they're both correct. However, my heart goes out to the Chinese people. They dont have much of a say in the decisions their government makes. Protesting isnt an option for them. If I was the government of China, I would be doing my best to find a way to try and turn all the bad publicity around. Lets sum it up: Two hours after the opening ceremonies the family of the 2004 Olympic volleyball champions were attacked and one killed. Security was supposed to be unpenetrateable. Then the issue of the little girl who performed was actually lip syncing because the real singer was NOT CUTE ENOUGH. Then the Chinese female gymnasts are said to be underage. It is suggested that China falsified documents to have these girls perform. It is hard to prove. Also Chinese athletes have admitted to taking substances to enhance their performances and their medals were removed. Come one what a mess! It's sad because this is the government not the peoples actions. How intelligent do you have to be to see that the Olympics is a huge deal. It will be publicized in thousands of countries, provinces, islands, etc. Why would you create such dilemmas for your country when you know that reporters love dirt. If there's dirt, a reporter will find it. We must remember that its not the people of China it's the government. Now I can see why so many want to come to America. Our problems and wrong doings are nothing compared to these. The Olympics have been a treasured tradition for all. I thought that countries were supposed to come together for a few weeks to share the natural talents of its citizens who are proudly representing them. Imagine the chinese athletes. Am I wrong? What do you think?
15 Aug 08
One, I think the Olympics are pretty exaggerated. I mean whats the fuss all about? And the Chinese, the way they have been going about it show their naivety and desperateness to hide their ugly image. I blame the ruling body and all Countries which voted China. It's a rogue, uncultured state(all Communist states are uncultured) that should be isolated till they embrace Democracy and respect human right. To me, the current Olympics are a failure and a shame.
• United States
15 Aug 08
Well said my friend! I feel so bad for the people of China who dont support the ruling body. Its a shame that they are hosting the games. The games have become exaggerated. It used to be about natural talent. Now its about who can put on the biggest show and do things that arent allowed and not get caught. I hope this is not a sign of the worlds willingness to ignore cheating, unfairness and indifference. If it is, we are in trouble. thanks for sharing your opinion so honestly. dl
16 Aug 08
I think the Chinese Government is too obsessed with Glory. One thing about Chinese is they are highly egoistic and to them 'Face' is very important. They wouldn't want to lose 'Face' so they went all out to make themselves look 'good'. However, this time round, it backfires on them. I feel for the athletes. They are under immense pressure from the Government. For example, the country's brightest marquee names, Yao Ming, the Houston Rockets center who sat out the final two months of the N.B.A. season with a stress fracture in his left foot but is still expected to play for China's national team. Athletes regarded as potential gold medalists have been urged out of retirement, and some female stars have been urged to resume training and competing soon after giving birth. Previous gold medal winners, meanwhile, have heard for four years that failure to pull off a repeat victory will let the whole nation down. Many have trained for the Games despite serious injuries. For many athletes, playing through injuries is standard practice. Most of China's Olympic-caliber competitors are tightly controlled by a system that manages almost every aspect of their lives, often from early childhood. This includes housing, education, medical care and interactions with the public and the news media. In this system, decisions about training regimens and the risks of injuries do not get much of a public airing. The case of Zheng Jie, their top female tennis plater provides a glimpse of how the obligation to perform often operates. Despite a painful ankle injury, she played a punishing schedule last year to gain tour points required to compete in the Olympics. In a news conference after she lost in the first round of the French Open, she broke down in tears. "The pain in my foot was so strong I could hardly concentrate," she said. These are just some examples out of the thousands. No wonder so many Chinese athletes migrated and are representing Other countries. I hope the Chinese Government. can learn to care more about their athletes.