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BBC correspondent Michael Bristow is writing a fortnightly column for the Sport website looking at Beijing in the build-up to the Olympic Games in August.

You can read his latest piece here: news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/oly...

If you have any questions or comments for Michael, please post them below and I will pass them on to him.

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posted Feb 15, 2008

You forgot to mention the Paralympics.

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posted Feb 15, 2008

At the end of the day is there much diffrence in the way China and the U.S deal with third world nations? The only thing I can see is that the U.S have big business who go in and exploit where as with China its all run by the State. And in the U.S who 99.9% of the time backs the large corporations who plunder Africa and S.America..... the U.S govenment.

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posted Feb 15, 2008

There are more than enough disabled Chinese people who got that way from their own government to make up who knows how many Paralympic teams.

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posted Feb 15, 2008

LOL, i only see bias and no objective views from this article, as usual, no surprise from BBC. 4 policemen manhandled a woman (perhaps shes guilty, the reporter failed to mention the context clearly but decided to use this as an example anyway for...what, human rights?) LOL, how can a country shot dead an innocent brazilian electrician criticise others for human rights? I dont know ;-)

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posted Feb 16, 2008

Every country in the world has human rights issues in some degree or another. Even mild mannered countries like Austrailia.
Apartheid,communism,religion, anti aborigine, invading innocent countries, the list is endless.Catagorising them is a nightmare i would think because of differing views and stances, reasons,intelligence, all matter of things. Britain is no better, the Eurovision song contest shows what people think of us and i dont mean our singing either.
Should we criticise or should we shut up and trade and be friends with the Chinese? Not for us to say thats up to the politicians. However , should we go over there and attend an Olympic games, the pinnacle of a sportsmans career, yes,its not sports fault there are human rights issues in any country, all they want to do is compete. So for politics to interfere with that is wrong, unless there is a safety issue. The decision must ultimately lie within the individual sportsman/ woman and their sports governing bodies.

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posted Feb 17, 2008

For those of you with a guilty conscience about the Beijing Olympics, fear not for the the Olympic Curse is ticking. Whenever a one-party state hosts an Olympics, ten years later they're circling the drain if not already down it. Just consider:

1936: Berlin Olympics
1946: Allied Occupation

1980: Moscow Olympics
1990: Warsaw Pact folds shop

1984: Sarajevo Winter Olympics
1994: Serbo-Croat war

2008: Beijing Olympics
2018: ????

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posted Feb 24, 2008

I enjoy reading your articles, but I don't understand why you make those political comments about other country's own issues. It's sports we all like, so please keep posting news on Olympics.

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posted Feb 26, 2008

"For those of you with a guilty conscience about the Beijing Olympics, fear not for the the Olympic Curse is ticking. Whenever a one-party state hosts an Olympics, ten years later they're circling the drain if not already down it."

I feel your fear and pain - from an aggressive western mind.

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posted Feb 27, 2008

Frieston,

The way I see it, proving me wrong is Beijing's job, not mine.

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