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IOC Unusually Warns China to Keep Politics and Sports Separate

Posted by Author on June 27, 2008

By Larry DiTore, The Bloomberg, U.S, June. 25, 2008-

June 25 (Bloomberg) — The International Olympic Committee warned organizers of the Beijing Games to keep politics and sports separate after reports of a Communist party official’s criticism of the Dalai Lama at a torch relay ceremony in Tibet.

The IOC sent a letter to the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games after reading about the remarks of Zhang Qingli, the Chinese Communist party secretary in the region, IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said in an e-mail.

“We have written to BOCOG to remind them of the need to separate sport and politics and to ask for their support in making sure that such situations do not arise again,” the IOC said.

Reuters reported that Zhang made the remarks June 21 in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

“Tibet’s sky will never change and the red flag with five stars will forever flutter high above it,” the news agency quoted Zhang as saying. “We will certainly be able to totally smash the splittist schemes of the Dalai Lama clique.”

In March, Lhasa was the scene of the biggest protests in Tibet in 20 years as demonstrators called for an end to religious restrictions and the release of imprisoned Buddhist monks.

The Chinese government has accused supporters of the Dalai Lama of trying to disrupt the Aug. 8-24 Games.

– Bloomberg.com: IOC Warns Beijing on Olympic Politics After Dalai Lama Critique

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