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#1 Post by Nabeshin » Fri Aug 08, 2008 12:50 pm

Okay Beijing hosting the Olympics this year and the opening ceremony now less then an half an hour away (at the time of writing), it feels apt to start this thread. Will you be watching it? Any particular sport you’ll be looking forward to? Any opinions on whether or not China should've been given the Olympics in the first place? Indeed should politics and sport be kept separate as the IOC wants?


Personally I think the only sport I’ll go out of my way to watch would be the football, or any sport in which an Irish person does well (not that there will be many). :roll: Maybe some of the shorter track and field events.
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#2 Post by Old Git » Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:55 pm

I'll probably dip in and out, as I usually do. So much goes on with the Olympics that it is hard to be grabbed.

However the opening ceremony is fucking fantastic!
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#3 Post by Kohigh_Mathy » Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:13 pm

As with any major sporting event I’m shore I’ll drift in & out. I’ll keep an eye on the Martial Arts events as well as Archery & Badminton.

I try not to get to raped up in all the political turmoil that has shadowed the games. I see why the IOC wants to keep the sports world & political world separate, but I’m not entirely convinced that it’s a good idea. Although they said that if they had known seven years ago what restrictions they would face, then they doubt if china would of got the Olympics. I just don’t think that cuts it as a good political come back. All they are really saying is
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#4 Post by Crucifer » Fri Aug 08, 2008 3:40 pm

Well, I watched the opening ceremony, which was absolutely phenomenal.

As for the rest, I'm boycotting it. I will not support a state founded on oppression, nor any athletes who go there to support it.

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#5 Post by CrowSpirit » Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:23 pm

Eoghan- Doesn't watching the opening ceremony contradict your own strong ideals?

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#6 Post by CastorTroy81 » Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:24 pm

In my opinion, sports and politics should be kept seperate. Unless the Olympics is covered with banners proclaiming how great China is and that everyone should conform to their methods then there is no reason to not watch other than you're simply not interested in the events.
But I was working so just heard the opening ceremony was great. Well I'll see it sometime I'm soon.
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#7 Post by Crucifer » Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:19 pm

CrowSpirit wrote:Eoghan- Doesn't watching the opening ceremony contradict your own strong ideals?


Yep. I had a huge moral struggle before finally deciding that I'd watch it purely from an artistic and cultural point of view, and even then I felt guilt at the fact that I was enjoying something that was being held in a stadium that displaced hundreds of people and left them homeless. The ethical fallout on the rest of my day was catastrophic...

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#8 Post by kodama » Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:13 pm

Woot, Team GB has won it's first gold.

Double Woot, the Beach Volleyball has started. :lol:

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#9 Post by CrowSpirit » Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:18 pm

Well then I'm sorry you had such a struggle Eoghan, sounds like it was very upsetting for you. *huggles*

I have the opening ceremony recorded and I'm going to go watch it sometime soon.

I can't wait to see the boxing! Some world champion from...*wracking brain for name* Malitawa , I think, is going to be fighting and he may bring in the first medal for his country, it will be a strong fight to say the least.

Also, I never really care who wins just as long as it's a good show.

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#10 Post by Nabeshin » Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:25 pm

Looks like you cant even trust the Chinese government with opening the olympics. There's reports on the radio over here that good parts of the opening ceremony were faked. Supposedly some parts were done with computer animation.

God I hope that whoever wins one of the bigger events (like the 100 meters or something) whips out a Tibetan flag.
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#11 Post by kodama » Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:37 pm

To clarify, about a minute was pregenerated.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/11/olympics_feet_faked/

It's against the Olympic rules for the athletes to carry out political protest during games. I think it's just during the events and ceremonies.

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#12 Post by geren » Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:38 pm

i thought that it was pretty obvious that it was computer generated
cause when the news said they used computer generated animation
i knew right away which part they were on about

i don't see what the problam is.. :cat:

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#13 Post by Nabeshin » Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:32 pm

kodama wrote:To clarify, about a minute was pregenerated.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/11/olympics_feet_faked/

It's against the Olympic rules for the athletes to carry out political protest during games. I think it's just during the events and ceremonies.



Alright sorry about that. The newstalk didn't mentioned that it was only for a minute. I was under the impression it was for a lot longer.


About political protests would that be just when an athlete has just won an event, or during the awarding of the medals, ie. like the black panther salute in one of the 60's olympic games?
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#14 Post by kodama » Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:35 pm

Your answer is in the quote. That's all I know.

I'm guessing it came in precisely because of that protest.

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#15 Post by Ryu Soma » Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:04 pm

More news about the opening ceremony
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/20080812/t ... e14c4.html
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