Monday, February 11, 2008

British Athletes to Shut Up!

British Athletes to sign gagging clause for Beijing Olympics

The British Olympic Committee (BOC) already knows, and they don’t want British athletes piping up about China’s “issues”.

In the worst case of sucking up to dictators, the British Olympic Committee is planning to force the country’s athletes to sign a contract promising to remain mum on criticizing China’s human rights abuses, rancid air quality, or any other sore subjects, or else.

Or else be faced with being banned from traveling to Beijing. Or else be sent home immediately during the games.

Simon Clegg, the BOC's chief executive, said: “There is a requirement on team members to sign the agreement. If athletes step out of line, action will have to be taken.”

If the British officials do not want to be as unpopular as Star Jones, they should put their contracts where they belong. Down the nearest lavatory!

By Jay Hicks, a.k.a. Track Evangelist

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