Controversy lurks behind the smiles

Mimed anthems, fake fireworks and aggressive security tactics took the gloss off the Olympics’ opening week, writes Máirtín O’Riada in Beijing.

16th August, 2008

Mimed anthems, fake fireworks and aggressive security tactics took the gloss off the Olympics’ opening week, writes Máirtín O’Riada in Beijing.

As far as Wang Wei, vice-president of the Beijing organising committee for the Olympic Games (Bocog), was concerned, his press conference last Thursday should have been a triumphant event as the first week of the games drew to an upbeat close.

The sky was blue at last,...

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