[Guest post by DRJ]
I was raised in an era when the Soviet Union and China were considered the world’s greatest threats, but there are times to put prejudices aside. The spirit of the Olympics is one of those times.
Thus, I declined to post on the ridiculous episode in the Opening Ceremonies where a Politburo member of China’s ruling Communist Party replaced an average-looking child with a beautiful voice with a beautiful child and a lip-synced voice. Ditto when claims surfaced that some fireworks at the Opening Ceremonies were computer-generated fakes.
But now comes this Agence France-Presse report of multiple instances of questionable judging favoring Chinese athletes at the Olympic games.
I’m a sports fan. Home-cooking occurs in every sport and it’s a fact of sporting life, but it’s contrary to the Olympic spirit and it doesn’t seem to be an isolated incident. China is acting like those out-of-control parents that will do anything to see their children win a soccer or Little League game.
When the IOC looks the other way at claims like these, it does so at its peril.