U.S. Cyclists Arrive in Beijing Wearing Masks

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

It’s looking more and more like the idea of giving the 2008 Summer Olympics to Communist China is a disaster.

Some members of the U.S. cycling squad arrived Beijing wearing black respiratory masks, apparently concerned over reports of unhealthy levels of air pollution in the Chinese capital.

About half a dozen members of the team, male and female, were pictured wearing close-fitting face masks covering nose and mouth as they went through Beijing International Airport. Beijing’s pollution has been a cause for concern for athletes heading for the Games, which begin on Friday.

The International Olympic Commitee continues to play down the athletes health concerns.

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19 Responses to U.S. Cyclists Arrive in Beijing Wearing Masks

  1. Harry says:

    Can you blame them? These men and women are athletes and they much protect their bodies and their health.

  2. libhomo says:

    This is yet another reason why I’m boycotting the Olympics this time out.

  3. TOM339 says:

    The IOC doesn’t care about the health of the athletes competing in the games.

    These Olympics are a highstakes exercise in shameless political theater and as LibHomo says, deserve to be boycotted.

  4. Roger says:

    Oh, yeah; this is gonna turn out GREAT.

    I probably won’t be watching the Olympics this year, either.

  5. Estacada says:

    Ethnic rioting is underway in several Chinese cities to the west.

    The bully boys in Beijing have cut off phone and internet service to these cities in order to try and isolate the rumblings and keep the world from seeing the reality of life for millions of Chinese dissidents.

    But hey, the show must go on!

  6. Who could have guessed that giving the Olympics to China would turn out to be a bad idea.

  7. Dick Small says:

    Big mistake, for sure.

  8. Matteo says:

    Why did George Bush and the IOC push for China to Get the Olympics?


    A prominent human rights lawyer has gone missing, presumed detained by the authorities, amid a crackdown on dissent ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

    Teng Biao – who has defended Aids activists, Falun Gong practitioners and farmers fighting for their land – was last seen on Thursday, being bundled into a black car outside his home in Beijing.

    He had recently been warned by police that he would be detained unless he stopped talking to the foreign media and writing about human rights abuses in the runup to the Olympics.

    Shortly before he went missing, Teng told the Guardian that his passport had been seized, his phone bugged and his emails checked by the authorities.

    He was warned that he also faced the sack from his job as a lecturer at the China University of Political Science and Law and risked detention.

    “They told me I cannot accept any interview related to human rights and the Olympics. I said I cannot make such a promise. I have a right to speak,” he said last week. “I’m not sure if they will arrest me tomorrow. But I feel no fear.”

    His wife, Wang Ling, said Teng left home at 8.25pm, saying he would be back in 20 minutes. About half an hour later, she heard shouting downstairs. Two witnesses told her that a man had been pulled out of the family’s car and taken away.

  9. Aunt Peg says:

    Christopher – CNN is tracking you today! Well done!

  10. Hadrian says:

    The Chinese government has a long and storied history of simply making political dissidents disappear and they’re never seen or heard from again.

    How ironic that in 2008, the IOC would reward this nation with the summer Olympic games?

  11. Dick Small says:

    CNN’s tracking Christopher??? Congrats, Chris!

  12. Aunt Peg says:


    “Tracking” sounds like the FBI. My bad. CNN linked to Christopher’s blog. Phew!

    Sorry for my sloppy choice of words.

  13. Walk on Socks says:

    As an American, I am appalled to see this punkass excuse for a president push to get the IOC to give the 2008 summer games to China.

    China has one of the worst human rights records of any nation on earth. But none of this matters. As long as China keeps buying the U.S.’s treasury bonds to keep the wheels of the Federal government turning, Bush is happy to use his influence to make China equal to the rest of the civilized world of nations.

  14. fran says:

    Randal cracks me up!

    I was wondering if Bush will be borrowing the Pope bulletproof popemobile-pod for the event?

    Looks like all hell may break loose @ the Olympics this year.

    The Chinese gvmnt is allowing protests- several miles away from the venue, one at a park that has a replica of the U.S. White house in the background- so it will look like they are in D. C! Those wanting to protest must apply for a permit 5 days in advance!

    China was a bad choice all along.
    If the smog hangs in the air, athletes have every right to protect themselves.

  15. Conejo1982 says:

    Not only are the athletes wearing masks to protect their lungs from the dirty air but, many American athletes have arrived with their own food and chefs.

    Apparently, trust in China food is in the gutter.

  16. Jim says:

    Michael Jackson would feel right at home…
    Seriously, do we really need to suck up the the Chinese at the expense of personal health? Anything for a good show and appeasement of the NWO. They eat souls for breakfast.

  17. Randy Arroyo says:

    I remember the hysteria that erupted around the health of the Olympic athletes who were to compete in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. I was in grade school then and my father’s employer asked people to volunteer to take vacation time to help cut down on the smog. We drove to Oregon for a week. So why is the IOC so willing to marginalize the health of the athletes competing in China?

  18. enigma4ever says:

    I guess I am confused- didn’t they VOTE to have it there ..what were the other choices ? I am sure they were better- I am worried that the athletes and visitors will have health effects- respiratory and heart problems….and WHY are they going to have >100,000 Military Troops there ? what the hell? the 1936 Germany Games were a better Idea…

  19. ostrov says:

    Thank you,
    very interesting article

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