Has China lost the spirit of the Olympic Gold?

So lets start with the positive, China has got more golds than anyone else. The UK has had a fantastic run and is currently in third position.

But the down side, sadly it would appear (and of course I must restate it only appears at this point) that China has cheated with 3 gymnasts lying about their ages and instead of being 16 they are in fact 14.

Whatever China wanted to get out of the Olympic games - This is cheating, its lying and it certainly casts a long shadow. There is no excuse for drugs in sport nor lies and so with sadness I personally advocate that the team (all three) have their gold medals taken away.

Not that other countries haven't cheated in the past. The US and Canada have had their share of people willing to break the rules in order to win a gold medal for their country - The key issue is that China must own up to this and make an example of these girls and the trainers/officials (who I suspect are as guilty.)

There can be no excuse - cheating is cheating.

Again, I am the first to congratulate China on the medals that they have won, but any country that wins as many medals as China is bound to come under scrutiny. Its called the Olympic spirit and we all have to be under that spotlight. China included.

Links to the stories (strange no SCMP...?)

The Times (UK)

Huffington Post (USA)

2 Responses to "Has China lost the spirit of the Olympic Gold?"


Also along with the cheating is the (re-education) incarceration for 1 year of 2 women who complained when their houses were bulldozed for games venues and they had the audacity to complain when given no compensation.
If the world thought that by holding the olympics China would embrace democracy more favourably they were dreaming

Python Rocks says
25 August 2008 at 04:48

what else is new besides all the things we have known?! I am also tired of hearing all the china bashing too. I mean who really cares. more or less medal, what the difference does this make to the world any way? the civilazation of this sort is going to be ended sooner or later.