Object to the Olympics in China, athletes told

Dutch star athletes with moral objections to China’s human rights policy should go to Beijing for the Olympics and make their statement there, says Yves Kummer, chairman of NL Sporter, a lobby group which will represent about half the Dutch Olympic team.

The former rugby international told the Sportworld website on Tuesday that not going would achieve nothing. ‘Taking part and making a statement there has far more impact,’ he says.
Meanwhile, ChristenUnie MP Joël Voordewind told BNR News Radio on Monday that the International Olympic Committee should make a list of selection criteria, including free and fair elections, before deciding which countries should be considered as possible hosts for the games. This would avoid problems such as those with China, he said.

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