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Weekend Reads Olympic Fire for Winter Games Burning

18:26  18 october  2021
18:26  18 october  2021 Source:   kicker.de

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accompanied by protests from protesters against China, the Olympic fire has been ignited for the winter games in Beijing. The flame was spotted on Monday with the help of a hollow mirror and the sunbeams in the ancient site of Olympia, as the Greek state television showed. Because of the Corona pandemic there will be no long torch run in Greece. The games take place from 4 to 20 February 2022.

Three demonstrators protested against the awarding of winter games to China, they pough the human rights situation in Tibet and Hong Kong. They carried a transparent with the saying "No genocide games" ("No Genocide Games") and tried to skip the fence around the antique site. The police arrested her, reported the state television. The ceremonial was not interrupted by the protest action.

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The authoritarian region is accused of human rights violations, especially against minorities such as Muslim Uighers. Human rights groups call as examples of Chinese reprisals the autonomous region Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong.

and the IOC? Appears like always on his neutrality. "The Olympic Games can not tackle all challenges," said Ioc-President Thomas Bach on Monday at his speech. The neutrality of the rings order alone guarantee "that the Olympic Games can be about political differences." That's why the Olympic Games are "the only event that brings together the whole world in peaceful competition."

"Skiffire in Norway makes something else with me as Olympics in China." (Severin Friend)

Instead, Bach builds bridges to China. Around three and a half months before the opening, he thanked the organizers more likely for the "excellent preparation". You can "be sure that our partners and friends will offer outstanding winter games".

In the active and responsible persons, Bach probably has to do persuasion. "With me there is another highlight this winter," said about Severin friend recently and said the ski flight World Cup in Vikersund: "Honestly: Skiffire in Norway makes something else with me as Olympia in China."

The human rights situation in the country will certainly remain a big topic - in contrast to the torch. On Tuesday she will be handed over to the Beijing Organizing Committee, on Wednesday she lands in China.

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