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No.6 Concerns and controversies over the 2008 Summer Olympics

23 Apr

Actually, 2008 Beijing Olympics is a tough mission forChina’s government as well. It is fact that there were some political issues leading up to the games.

Wikipedia introduced the controversies of Tibet Issue.

Some pro-Tibetan independence groups, such as Students for a Free Tibet, initiated a campaign against the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics to protest for Tibetan independence, It also objected to the use of the Tibetan antelope (chiru) as the Fuwa Yingying. The Tibetan People’s Movement has also demanded representation of Tibet with its own national flag. American film actor Richard Gere, chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet called for a boycott to put pressure on China to make Tibet independent. There were also plans by Tibetans in exile to hold their own version of the Olympics in May, at the headquarters of the exiled government

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It is just one of the controversies. Many foreign journalists and visitors complained that the internet is still blocked by the government. Many people overtly resist the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. American film director Steven Spielberg‘s decision not to help direct the opening ceremony drew worldwide attention. Many Chinese people and foreign democrats appealed to improve Chinese human rights by the government especially for free speech and press. Some pacifist and human rights activists requiredChina’s government stopped to support Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Finally, facing the complex situation,Chinastill held a wonderful and excellent Olympic Games. However, the concerns and controversies can not be ignored in the future.

No.15 How do you think about 2008 Beijing Olympic Games?

22 Apr

No.5 The Overview of 2008 Beijing Olympics

22 Apr

 (Beijing 2008 Olympics logo)

With the Olympics already more than two years in the past, the Chinese government appears to have achieved what it wanted, producing an overwhelming show to awe foreign and domestic audiences.China’s achievement has got worlds’ attention. They not only saw the advance equipments, excellent organization ability and outstanding figures, but also found the new Chinese generation.

Beijingwas awarded the Games over four competitors on July 13, 2001, having won an absolute majority of votes from members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after two rounds of voting. The Chinese government promoted the Games and invested heavily in new facilities and transportation systems. A total of 37 venues were used to host the events including 12 constructed for use at the Games (Such as the Birds’ Nest and the Water Cube). The official logo of these Olympic Games, titled “Dancing Beijing“, featured a stylised calligraphic character jīng (meaning capital), referring to the host city. Media outlets reported unprecedented audience interest in the Games, and these Olympics had the largest television audience in Olympic history. During whole the Olympics process, There were 43 new world records and 132 new Olympic records set at the 2008 Summer Olympics. An unprecedented 86 countries won at least one medal during the Games.

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(The Water Cube)

Beijing 2008 Olympics left an amazing image to all people. It showed a newChina’s mental outlook to the world. It is fact thatChinais still on the way of its rise, and it is just a milestone forChina. Beijing 2008 Olympics improved Chinese national pride and became a excellent platform to show a realChinawhich has one fifth population of the world. Just like International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said: These were truly exceptional Games.

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No.4 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony

7 Mar

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A rich assembly of ancient Chinese art and culture dominated the ceremony. It opened with the beating of Fou drums for the countdown. Subsequently, a giant scroll was unveiled and became the show’s centerpiece. The official song of the 2008 Olympics, titled “You and Me“, was performed by Britain’s Sarah Brightman and China’s Liu Huan, on a large spinning rendition of the globe. The last recipient in the Olympic Torch relay, former Chinese gymnastLi Ning ignited the cauldron, after being suspended into the air by wires and completing a lap of the National Stadium at Stadium roof height in the air.

The opening ceremony was lauded by spectators and various international presses as spectacular and spellbinding. Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the XXIX Olympiad, called the ceremony “a grand, unprecedented success.”