Friday, May 30, 2008

Awarding olympics to Beijing- A mistake

The above three picture tells the whole story of the coming Beijing Olympics and shows how wrong the IOC has gone in picking China as the host of the biggest sporting extravaganza of this planet. The Olympic games means different things to different people. To the athletes it represents the culmination of hard work and ambition , to keen followers of the game they represent competition of highest level, but to the host country it is an opportunity to showcase their country's might and means.

The International Olympics committee were myopic in their decision to grant China 2008 Olympics. They went on to appease an emerging super power with some 1.3 billion people but forgot the base that after all it is an sporting event and the country should be suitable for hosting games. There are basically two major reasons why the Games should not have gone to Beijing.

Firstly, Beijing is not technically fit to host such an event like olympics, which require a lot of endurence, due to its high level of pollution. The level of pollution is as high as 12 times the limit considered safe by WHO. Breathing in Beijing is harmful and holdig an atheletic event is like " feeding athelete with poison". this whole pollution issue is already taking its toll as in march Haile Gebrselassie, the world record holder in marathon and favoriete for gold medal has announced that that he will almost certainly not compete in that race and opt for a shorter distance to prevent long-term injury to his lungs. Some might consider it as a harsh decision, but some earlier events have shown how difficlt it is to compete in such conditions like the cycling race held recently in which all but 8 out of 47 cyclist drop midway due to air.In short, the IOC should not have chosen a city where athletes’ tolerance for particulates is a major factor in determining medals.

Since then beijing has produced results of decreasing pollution level. But the truth is that it has employed fraudulent techniques to show better results by moving the lab from city and others.To get a more clear picture following points should be noted.

1. According to the World Bank, 16 cities in the world with the worst air pollution are located in China.
2. The country’s Ministry of Science and Technology has estimated that 50,000 newborn babies a year die from the effects of air pollution.
3. China’s emissions of carbon dioxide, the most important global warming gas, are expected to surpass those of the United States in 2009, according to the International Energy Agency.

So, what china can do to bring down the pollution level is shut down industries and prohibit automobile usage. These extreme steps points to the second reason why the games should not have gone to china.
The communist party is obsessed with the idea of hosting a perfect Olympics and this has led to increase in repressive measures applied by the Chinese officials on the citizens. Some may argue that china have become more free from the time the games have been awarded to it. But the change is not due to the Olympics. As the Olympics are approaching, the government have become less tolerant and more coercive in its measures. The following points will highlight the condition of china.
1. They have shut down factories.
2. They have relocated 1.48 million people without their consent to make way for Olympic venues.
3. They have been systematically jailing citizens who question the hosting of the Games.
4. Visa restrictions on foreigners.
5. They are withdrawing permission for academic conferences and other long-planned events to ensure complete control over society.
Thus we see that the Olympics are becoming a showcase of violent repression and a means to control a dynamic population.
So, we can say that it was a mistake to grant Olympics to china on the technical as well as the political grounds.


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