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Olympic Games Open in Beijing





indianinworld
Grand Opening @ Bijing

Medals Tally during the day

Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. China 1 0 0 1
2. Czech Republic 1 0 0 1
3. Russian Fed 0 1 0 1


After seven years of preparations, the Summer Olympic Games have opened in Beijing, China. An opening ceremony and lighting of the Olympic cauldron marked the official start of the games on Friday.

More than ten thousand athletes will compete in the summer games. They will take part in more than three hundred events in twenty-eight sports. About twenty-five thousand members of the media are reporting on the games.



Chinese President Hu Jintao welcomed leaders from around the world to a special celebration meal. He said the Chinese government and people have been fulfilling promises made to the international community when Beijing was chosen to host the games.

Another issue surrounding the Olympics in Beijing is air pollution. The city has some of the most polluted air in the world. However, the International Olympic Committee's medical commission chief said the air is not a threat to visitors. Four members of the United States cycling team apologized after wearing protective face coverings when then arrived in the city. Pollution caused the Chinese government to ban more than three million vehicles from roads each day. It also shut down factories during the games.

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Liu
The opening ceremony was INCREDIBLE.

Watching these Olympics gives me a sense of pride being Chinese and American.
Klaw 2
I decided not to watch any of it.
I disagree that the olypics are even held there it is a country that doesn't care anything about human rights. That's enough for me.
JSOC
The only thing I can find bad about them. is the Coverage. I mean you watch a sport thats being Covered by an American TV station and thats all you hear about is the Americans. Like today i watched the swimming. The first heat they said nothing just who was in lead. Second heat with the US swimmer they didn't shut up about. I mean they need a non bias reporter to cover the events. I found it very annoying.
ocalhoun
^Even as an American I find that annoying. I wouldn't mind them being a little happier when their country won, but at least give us a complete view of what is going on, not myopically focused on a single country...
jenss
JSOC wrote:
The only thing I can find bad about them. is the Coverage. I mean you watch a sport thats being Covered by an American TV station and thats all you hear about is the Americans. Like today i watched the swimming. The first heat they said nothing just who was in lead. Second heat with the US swimmer they didn't shut up about. I mean they need a non bias reporter to cover the events. I found it very annoying.


Well when that American swimmer (Phelps, I presume) breaks his own world records in every event he swims, it deems some attention. The Chinese are all I've been hearing about in gymnastics and in other sports such as white water kyacking, I haven't even heard USA mentioned.

Jen
Liu
If you live in America of course they're going to cover and focus the majority of their time on the Americans. Do you have any idea how many countries there are? It's only fair that they cover their own. Ditto with the sports, there's an incredible amount of events, it's only fair that they cover the most popular ones that the country is good at -- ie the most chances for medals.

The popularity of sports is a factor as well - more people would rather watch their own country men make history in breaking world records and grabbing the most olympic medals ever than something else like air pistols. You give what the majority want. The same can be said about diving and gymnastics, these sports naturally are much more appealing to watch, therefore should get more coverage.
supernova1987a
Yea it closed. Very Happy
rebill
It is a great show ! Really!
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