Editorial Criticizes Officials and Media for Poisoning the Olympic Spirit with Nationalism – David Bandurski

From China Media Project:

Much Chinese media coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics has focused on national pride and the importance of the games in building up China’s international image. But a recent editorial in Southern Metropolis Daily argues that China’s well-publicized appetite for Olympic gold has become a kind of Midas touch, spoiling the spirit of friendship and harmony that the Games have come to symbolize.

The writer of the Southern Metropolis Daily editorial, Jing Kaixuan (ÊôØÂáØÊóã), suggests that China needs to remove the taint of central planning from its approach to athletics and focus more on sports as a way of life, also seeking to improve public access to sports facilities and raise the overall fitness of people across the country….[Full Text]

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