China Revokes Visa of American Olympic Speedskater

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Let the games begin.

The Communist Chinese have revoked the visa of American speedskater and gold metalist, Joey Cheek, just hours before the speedskating champion was set to fly to China. He wasn’t even planning on wearing a mask.

Cheek took the bronze in Salt Lake City in 2002, and in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, went on to win the men’s 500-meter event in dominating style. He was elected by his teammates to carry the US flag into the closing ceremonies.

Joey Cheek is the founder of Team Darfur, a group of 70 athletes whose goal it is to raise global awareness of the human-rights violations taking part in the Darfur region of Sudan. Communist China’s military, economic and diplomatic ties to Sudan have been well-publicized in the lead-up to the Games.

Said Cheek of his ban in a prepared statement:

“I am saddened not to be able to attend the Games. The Olympic Games represent something powerful: that people can come together from around the world and do things that no one thought were possible. However, the denial of my visa is a part of a systemic effort by the Chinese government to coerce and threaten athletes who are speaking out on behalf of the innocent people of Darfur.”

Another reason to boycot the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

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18 Responses to China Revokes Visa of American Olympic Speedskater

  1. Roger says:

    I was on the fence about not watching the Olympics this year…this just pushed me over to definitely not watching. And if we had a President with an IQ above a blade of grass and a moral compass that didn’t always point towards “fucked”, our teams wouldn’t even be there.

  2. panasit says:

    The Red Chinese have repeatedly claimed the Olympics weren’t political and had everything to do with friendship.

    How do you say “bullshit” in Mandarin?”

    The issues of human rights, political dissent, oppression and Darfur and Tibet cannot easily be swept under the rug. Even if this is what the World Bank, the Bush administration and Beijing would like to see happen.

    If China truly wants to be a member of the league of nations and be viewed as equal, then they must be prepared to stand up to the scrutiny that naturally comes from other nations.

    You can’t revoke the visa of an Olympiad because you disagree with his personal, political philosophy and his humanitarian activities during his non-Olympic time. The Chinese have clearly themselves not ready to sit at the table with the USA, the EU, Japan and Canada. Perhaps, in another 50 years but not today.

    The only response to this outrageous behavior is for the entire U.S. cycling team to stand with their team member and refuse to compete.

  3. Harry says:

    China can go fuck itself. This is one Olympic event I have no intention to watch. I’d rather watch reruns of the Golden Girls.

  4. lea-lea says:

    If China wasn’t buying 70% of our debt, does anyone think the 2008 Olympics would be happening in Beijing? People keep pushing “the Olympics aren’t about politics” meme. Sorry, the Olympics have everything to do with politics.

  5. Burn a Flag, Go to Jail says:

    When did the Olympics become a venue for political posturing? This was never the intention of the competition.

  6. retahyajyajav says:

    I lost all interest in, and respect for, the Olympics when the IOC decided to bring a law suit over the use of the word “Olympics” if the word “Gay” proceeded it.

    The IOC clearly has no problem with the “Special Olympics,” but they sure don’t want in anyway to be associated with the fags and dykes.

  7. Aunt Peg says:

    I heard the number one buyer of ad time during the 2008 summer Olympics is WalMart.

    I guess no one should be surprised. WalMart has been exploiting child labor in China for at least two decades, so I’m sure they got a very competitive rate.

    For me, the Olympics stopped being enjoyable after watching what happened in Munich. You kids might not even remember the Munich games and the slaughter of the Israeli team. It was so disturbing and unsettling for me that I haven’t watched since.

  8. Brigadoon says:

    I hear ya,’ Retahyajyajav. The IOC is profoundly homophobic and after the court case I stopped watching the Olympics too. It’s a shame because the guys, especially the swimmers and the gymnasts are usually smokin’ hot. Pure eye candy.

  9. enigma4ever says:

    Unreal, and yet kind of what we all expected- right???sad though….thanks for blogging it…

    …I think these Games maybe will show HOW bad things really are there,….if the media will show-that will be the test…sadly. On one level I wanted to boycott- but then my son said something – that maybe the Chinese people need to see touch and feel Other People from Other places…..and feed another revolution there like the one of 1989….me- I remain having very very mixed feelings…esp knowing that they have amassed 100,000 Military soldiers to patrol the games…

    ( Panasit asked how to say Bullshit in Mandarin…I think horseshit will do right?……马屎 would probably be “horse shit.” However, it’s pronounced “măshĭ”….said really fast- like a sneeze…)

  10. Peace Nick says:

    China wanted the Olympics.

    King George does what China says so they keep financing our war.

    Nevermind the thousands if displaced Beijing residents who saw their homes bulldozed to make room for the brand, spanking new competition venues.

    Nevermind the hundreds of political dissents who go missing each year.

    Nevermind the fact the organs of prisoners on death row are harvested and sold to needy (and wealthy) Europeans and Americans who can’t get a kidney, or spleen or heart through normal channels.

  11. Conejo1982 says:

    Peace Nick,

    I believe you’re referring to hutongs.

    The hutongs are the original housing of Beijing going back several hundreds of years. At one time there were more than 10,000 hutongs in the capital.

    Sadly for the residents of the hutongs, they sit on what has become very valuable real estate and the government through the Chinese version of imminent domain, can legally take the land and relocate the residents to high rise apartments.

    These houses have been bulldozed to make way for Olympic villages and business towers.

  12. Tiny Dancer says:

    I have no interest in the Olympics.

  13. Afrit007 says:

    I will not be watching the Olympics this year. Not for one minute of it. China should never have been awarded the honor, and this proves it.

  14. libhomo says:

    I already planed on boycotting the whole disgusting spectacle.

  15. kellybelle says:

    Dag, that’s messed up that China thinks it’s bigger than the spirit of competition. I wdn’t boycott though. I’d hate to have trained for years and have my one shot taken away.

  16. RainBro says:

    Politics as usual – now made in China.
    Aunt Peg, you are the best. 😉

    I’m not boycotting the Olympics – I’m boycotting the sponsors.

    BU$H is an idiot for attending the opening ceremonies… but we all knew that already. “Somewhere in Texas a village is missing it’s idiot.”
    Peace,
    =RD=

  17. R.J. says:

    One more reason why I’m not going to pay attention to the Summer Olympics. The events I like to watch are played on ice and snow.

  18. Maithri says:

    Honestly my brother,

    When i read this i just couldnt believe that there wasnt more of a deal made about it….

    When will human lives be taken seriously…

    Sport is great.

    Justice is far more important,

    Peace to you brother, and thank you,

    M

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