Dick Pound, a Canadian IOC official known for not really knowing when to shut up, said that the global torch relay should be stopped because it caused protests and a possible boycott.
Yes - that stupid torch! Fire running through the streets is dangerous, and can you imagine all of the germs that are on the torch? Gross.
I hate to quibble with you, Dick, but the protests had nothing to with the torch relay. Even Smokey the Bear would not find a problem with a torch being run through the streets by people from around the world. The protests were about the IOC picking China to host the Olympics despite their spotty record on human rights. Then, Dick went on to say:
“In my country and in many other countries in my part of the world, we were in full boycott mode,” he said. “Public opinion and political opinion was moving toward an actual boycott of the games, and it was only the earthquake tragedy that diverted attention from what could otherwise have been something very, very serious.”
Yes, thank goodness that something serious, like a sporting event missing some competitors, was averted due to the death of 70,000 and five million people losing their homes.
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