BOCOG Issues Olympic Venue Rules, Banners Not Allowed

The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (), has just issued new Olympic venue rules. From the Xinhua News Network:

Banners, such as those saying “Go China,” will not be allowed in Olympic venues. While such posters have been frequently seen during the Olympic torch global relay, the tendentious banners violate the fairness principle of an Olympic event, according to Olympic venue rules.

The rules, promulgated on Monday, 25 days ahead of the Games, by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG), advise spectators not to bring into the venues support banners and leaflets of commercial publicity, religion, politics, military, human rights and environmental and animal protection, among others.

Huang Keying, a BOCOG spectator division official, said the rules, including 22 restrictions and four prohibitions, were completely in line with the Olympic Charter. “Each spectator is subject to the rules aimed at maintaining security and order of the venue.

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On Monday, BOCOG also launched a “Good Habit for a Good Games” campaign by distributing “Smiling Wristbands” in five Olympic colors to the public to promote “civilized watching, smile commitment.”

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