Thursday, February 21, 2008

Rogge: IOC cannot fix worldly woes - Chew on this while your at it. - More Sports - Rogge: IOC cannot fix worldly woes - Thursday February 21, 2008 12:25PM: "With the clash between sports and politics sharpening as the Beijing Games near, the president of the IOC says the Olympics cannot solve the world's problems."

Of course the Olympic Games can't fix the problems of the world.

In other news, pack a lunch if you are going to compete. Bring bread. The typical kitchen in China does NOT have an oven. But, there are plenty of bakery outlets. And, bring cereal. They don't eat it. In China, it is really hard to eat your Wheaties. They don't sell cold milk either. Buy it warm. Then put it into the refrig.

We hope to go to Beijing. We'll do what I can to bring our appetites. We're not going to compete. And, after the events, I expect you'll see a lot of very hungry, ready to party US Olympians.

The United States Olympic Committee's plan to bring its own food to China has disappointed the leader of food services for the Beijing Olympics.

"I feel it's a pity that they (Americans) decided to take their own food," Kang Yi, the head of the Food Division for the Beijing organizing committee, said Thursday. She added the USOC had not officially notified her department of the plan.

The USOC is planning to transport tons of meat and other foods to a training camp at Beijing Normal University.

The 600-plus American athletes are expected to eat their daily meals at the Athletes Village, USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel said. But the U.S. delegation also includes an additional 400-plus personnel -- support coaches, trainers, etc. -- who are not eligible for food service at the village and therefore will eat most of their meals at Beijing Normal.

Seibel said the food service at Beijing Normal will serve as a supplement to the Village, which will house about 17,000 athletes and officials during the Aug. 8-24 Games and be capable of serving 6,000 meals simultaneously.

"We have absolutely no concerns about the quality and safety of the food in the Athletes Village," Seibel said. "Also, we will be sourcing products from local suppliers for our training table, in addition to bringing some products with us. We had the same approach during the Athens and Torino Games, as well."

Food safety in China has become a major issue for the Olympics, following recent incidents of tainted products and reports of the heavy use of drugs and insecticides in food production. Officials are aware a positive drug test triggered by contaminated food could ruin an athlete's career and generate a public-relations disaster for China, which is intent on showing itself as a modern, sophisticated country.

"We have made lots of preparations to ensure that they (athletes) can get together at the Olympic Games," said Kang, speaking at a news conference Thursday on food safety.

Another official said there was no evidence drugs and growth stimulants used in meat production could trigger positive doping tests.

"As far as we know we haven't found any scientific report on this," said Lu Yong, director of the Beijing Municipal Food Safety Monitoring Center.

Tang Yunhua, a spokeswoman for the Beijing Municipal Office for Food Safety, repeated Thursday the plans for extensive monitoring from the pasture to the plate -- using bar codes, satellite tracking devices and labor-intensive operations -- for food served at the Olympic Village.

"We can guarantee the food safety during the Olympic Games," Tang said.

"We have a safety plan during the Olympics Games to guarantee our venues will be safe," she said. "And the standards for Olympic food safety are much more strict than international standards. So all the delegations can enjoy the food provided during the Olympic Games."
In the US, we have our own food worries with recalled BEEF. And, much of our food is not welcomed in other parts of the world -- as we use too many drugs and steroids. Go figure.

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Rogge: IOC cannot fix worldly woes
Posted: Thursday February 21, 2008 11:02AM; Updated: Thursday February 21, 2008 2:22PM
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- With the clash between sports and politics sharpening as the Beijing Games near, the president of the IOC says the Olympics cannot solve the world's problems.

The International Olympic Committee has come under pressure from political activists protesting China's policies on human rights, Tibet, Darfur, press and religious freedom, and other issues.

"The IOC is a catalyst for change in China but it is not a panacea," Jacques Rogge said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It is a sporting, non-political organization and we cannot solve the problems of the world."

At a news conference Wednesday, Beijing Olympic marketing director Yuan Bin called on activist groups who oppose China's perceived role in Darfur not to put pressure on sponsors to withdraw their financial support.

Some politicians have even suggested a boycott of the games.

"I think it is unavoidable that non-governmental organizations want to leverage the business of the Olympic Games from China," Rogge said. "We believe the Olympic Games are a force for good but don't expect from the games what they cannot deliver."

Last week, Hollywood director Steven Spielberg backed out of his role as artistic adviser to the Beijing opening and closing ceremonies. He accused China of doing too little to end the problems of Darfur, a western province of Sudan where more than 200,000 people have died in conflict between rebels and government-back militias.

"If you organize an Olympic Games in general you know there will be criticism," Rogge said following a ceremony to award Singapore the right to host the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in August 2010.

"There has been criticism in Athens (host of the 2004 Olympics) and there will be criticism in (2012 host) London. That is part of the games."