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WSJ: Beijing Olympic Scandal Redux

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 in News, Olympic 2022, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on WSJ: Beijing Olympic Scandal Redux

  Beijing Olympic Scandal Redux The 2008 games were a tragedy for human rights. Now 2022 looks similar. By Yang Jianli and Jared Genser SELECTION CRITERIA: International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach with the card announcing the winning city. PHOTO: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, making it the first city tapped to host both the Summer and Winter Games. In deciding this, the International Olympic Committee has chosen to trust Chinese government assurances concerning human rights, even though Beijing’s record in preparing for the 2008 Olympics was deplorable. The IOC seems not to care. “The decision in 2001 to give the games to China was made in the hope of improvement in human rights and, indeed, the Chinese themselves said that having the games would accelerate progress in such matters,”...

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