'World Olympics 08' (Net Screen)

-Posted by D. Worth (US) | for- M. Barbay (France)

Update: Hu says China stands by Games pledges, web curbs lifted!

This is the fulfillment of a 100-year dream... And in ernest, Hu will honor commitments made to Int'l Community. Read story. (Cont. at Bottom)
Image: Chinese Pres. Hu Jintao/David Gray

"The Internet is an important medium for the communication and promotion of sport and the Olympic Movement," the IOC said In the guidelines.

China will censor open the Internet used by foreign media during the Olympics, an organising committee official confirmed Wednesday.

Reversing A pledge to offer complete media freedom at games.

Image: Minoru Iwasaki -4/1/08

In April (08) IOC set out updated Internet rights rules...Story.
The games belong to the World... Those who host, are but temporary custodians... Hosted during times of world economical hardship, wars, riots, political divisions, and civil unrest... And for the sake & strives of the Olympic Movement; the show freely went on...
IOC to challenge internet censorship in Beijing

The IOC’s role is:
To encourage and support the promotion of ethics in sport as well as education of youth through sport and to dedicate its efforts to ensuring that, in sport, the spirit of fair play prevails and violence is banned; to encourage and support the organization, development and coordination of sport and sports competitions...

To ensure the regular celebration of the Olympic Games; to cooperate with the competent public or private organizations and authorities in the endeavor to place sport at the service of humanity and thereby to promote peace...#

Read Full Mission of the Olympic Movement: here.
The participants
-From the Official Site of the Olympic Movement:

Olympic Summer Game Highlights:
Athens 1896 Paris 1900 St Louis 1904 London 1908 Stockholm 1912 Antwerp 1920 Paris 1924 Amsterdam 1928 Los Angeles 1932 Berlin 1936 London 1948 Helsinki 1952 Melbourne / Stockholm 1956 Rome 1960 Tokyo 1964 Mexico 1968 Munich 1972 Montreal 1976 Moscow 1980 Los Angeles 1984 Seoul 1988 Barcelona 1992 Atlanta 1996 Sydney 2000 Athens 2004
Olympic Winter Game Highlights:
Chamonix 1924 St. Moritz 1928 Lake Placid 1932 Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 St. Moritz 1948 Oslo 1952 Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956 Squaw Valley 1960 Innsbruck 1964 Grenoble 1968 Sapporo 1972 nnsbruck 1976 Lake Placid 1980 Sarajevo 1984 Calgary 1988 Albertville 1992 Lillehammer 1994 Nagano 1998 Salt Lake City 2002 Turin 2006

How Can IOC Preserve the Spirit of IOC Tradition?
If we loose our ability to transcend beyond the challenge of political elements, while encouraging any and all levels of applied censorship; we will ruin the objective of all future events...

Perhaps circumstances and timing (however regretful and disturbing) have cast a questionable shadow upon the survival of the IOC? I hope not...
Many wonder if this is where we have arrived, today...

From Update (top) Hu said, "I don't think that politicizing the Olympic Games will do anything good to addressing any of the issues," Hu said.

"It is only inevitable for people from different countries and regions may not see eye to eye with one another on some different issues," he said.

"And I think in this context, we should enter into consultations on an equal footing to narrow our differences and expand our common ground on the basis of mutual respect." Read more.

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