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Czech PM Will Go To China After All

In Politics, Sports on July 15, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: ,

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said a few months ago that he would not attend any ceremony of the upcoming Olympic Games in China, thus letting the Chinese know what he thinks about their idea of human rights protection.

Now he says he WILL go. On August 13, to support Czech athletes.

I am not convinced that athletes need that. They DO represent the country, but let’s not kid ourselves, they are also in it for the money. They get huge bonuses for their medals. A word of support from the PM? I think they do not give a damn. Saying thanks afterwards to those who win some medals, that sounds okay. But cheering for them in China, that sounds rather like an exclusive trip that Czech taxpayers will pay for.

Sure, many politicians do it. But that does not make it normal or generally acceptable.

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One Response to “Czech PM Will Go To China After All”

  1. I think the athletes do need that kind of support. You are not athletes, so that you cannot understand this. Plus PM’s attendance definitely will not harm Czechoslovakia-China relationship.

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