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Should we mix sports and politics?

The core of the Olympic ideal is to unite humanity and to avoid division due to political or other discrepancies. We agree about this. The Olympic Charter says: “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.” 1. This declaration is made to ensure that the Games are carried out on a sheer athletic basis. We also agree about this point. However, the mixture of sport and politics is already a fact, when the Olympic Committee chooses to arrange the Games in a country with a reputation of extensive violations of the human rights. Under the pretext that the Games should be apolitical, the regime gets an opportunity of promoting itself for billions of TV viewers as a modern and well functioning society without contradiction.

The Olympic Charter emphasizes as fundamental Olympic principles “respect for universal fundamental ethical principles” and “promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity”2. But can anybody properly claim that the Chinese government complies with these ideals? – We view the use of the Color Orange as an ethical and apolitical statement in essential unison with the fundamental principles of the Olympic Movement.

Hence it is important and completely legitimate that critics of China’s human rights policy make a common effort to send out a signal “there’s something wrong in China, and we know it”. This is the only way to secure politically balanced Olympic Games where the sportspeople’s great achievements are not abused as political propaganda by a repressive dictatorship.


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26 August: Olympic hangover – Media self criticism would be seemly


16 August: Usain Bolt wearing orange bracelet to the Olympic 100m gold record-breaking victory in Beijing


13 August: Rafael Nadal wearing an orange headband in Beijjing


7 August: Application for permission to demonstrate in the 3 special protest zones during OG in Beijing 2008


6 August: China’s OG website hacked ??


17July: Tour de France and TheColorOrange in Narbonne, photos


2 July: Open letter to the participants of the OG2008 distributed to about 30,000 MPs all over the world.


10 June: The Color Orange needs you!! to make an Orange wind blow in China. Click here for more information about The Color Orange supporting groups 


Videos and other information about the activities in Hong Kong


12-15 May: Link to article about this case: The Dutch Olympic Committee fears that The Netherlands will be taken as Orange hostage in Beijing 2008.


8 May: Advises about the use of The Color Orange at the Olympics in Beijing 2008, and the IOC’s latest words of restrictions and dress-code.


8 May: IOC is trying to avoid political manifestations during OG 2008.


30 April: The Pillar of Shame painted orange. See the photos


30 April:  Make pieces of orange cloth and tie them on to sculptures all over the cities where you live and give moral support to the Chinese democracy fighters.


28 April: Declaration  

from TheColorOrange team that was refused entrance into Hong Kong


TheColorOrange in Hong Kong

26 April to 6 May
See all the latest news and pictures
of our orange activities in Hong Kong
when the Olympic Torch arrives


BBC TV about 

TheColorOrange in Greece

17 April: Olympic Torch will be met

with orange actions when it comes to China


14 April: The pen is stronger than the sword


28 March 2008

Greek police bans orange clothes
  during Olympic Torch Relay

Danish activists stopped by the Greek police


The Chinese democracy

 movement backs

The Color Orange Campaign

The Hong Kong Alliance, one of the cornerstones

 of the Chinese democracy movement has now

decided to join the orange manifestations.

see  News

 

 


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