The British Olympics Association (BOA), in a never before matched fit of boot licking, touched their addled pates to the floor before their Chinese masters and removed the basic human freedom of expression from the British Olympic athletes. They have decided to force all British athletes attending the 2008 Beijing games to sign a contract promising not to comment on any politically sensitive issues! Any athlete who refuses to sign away their rights will be forbidden from competing in the games.
Such an order is utterly reprehensible and unneeded. Section 51 of the International Olympic Committee charter already forbids any kind of demonstration, or political, religious or racial propaganda in the Olympic sites, venues or other areas. Simon Clegg, the BOA’s chief executive, seems to be this era’s Neville Chamberlain. Perhaps he’d like to athletes to kowtow to the PRC as well.
Perhaps Clegg doesn’t realize that China’s state-sponsored terrorists – the Chengguan – can’t feasibly reach him in England. Perhaps Mr. Clegg is just in the pay of the Chinese or corporations heavily invested in China. Either way, whether he’s stupid or corrupt, he should be removed from the BOA.