- Marathon: the runners refuse to cross the finishing line
- Horse jumping: the riders decide to the pick some flowers at the last fence, instead of clearing it (the flower will then be handed over to a member of the Chinese ruling party)
- Sailing: the participants sail home to their countries
- Tennis: the players commit double-fault after double fault after double-fault (foot fault might also be ok)
- Boxing: the boxers refuse to box
- Soccer: the players engage in a game off rugby, and all are sent of due to hand balling
- Chess: all games end in ties (although this event may not occur in the Beijing Olympics)
I know that I’m hoping for much. Getting a total support to above-mentioned action by all athletes is probably not going to happen. Many of the participants in the Olympics games have planed and practised for this their whole life. But maybe the medallist could refuse to accept the medals? Wouldn’t that be a clear marking against human right abuse? It would be even better if the clear leader of, say, a long distance race sat down just before the finishing line, sacrificing his/her gold medal in order to make a statement.
Unfortunately I think athletes are not brave enough to do something like this. For them gold is more important than human rights. But maybe, just maybe, we will see some athletes stand above themselves in these Olympic games, and make a difference.
Update: I applaud the Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian’s courage to protest during the price ceremony today. Too bad that his act was sprung out of his disappointment of not winning gold.
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