SI.com - Olympics - Beijing 2008 equestrian events to be held in Hong Kong - Friday July 8, 2005 1:45AM SINGAPORE (AP) -- Equestrian events for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games will be held in Hong Kong to ensure the 'best interests of the competition and the well-being of the horses,' the International Olympic Committee announced Friday.
The agreement finalizes Beijing's push to have the equestrian competition moved about 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) away to Hong Kong due to concerns about equine diseases on the Chinese mainland.
The best interests of the horses? Perhaps S.I. just ran the press release for the organizers as the lead paragraph. The true worry, and it is a valid one, is about diseases. No problem. Just tell it like it is.