Beijing Olympics rules released

July 15th, 2008 - 2:34 pm ICT by ANI  

Beijing, July 15 (ANI): Organisers of the Beijing Olympics have released their “Spectators” House Rules” today together with the launch of a “Good Habit for a Good Games” campaign, in a bid to ensure that the event proceeds smoothly.
The authorities are prohibiting all banners larger than two meters by one meter and said that these would be checked at the entrance.
The same rules apply to flags, with a ban on those of non-participating members of the Olympics.
The “snow lion” flag of Tibet has been banned in China. The island of Taiwan - participating as Chinese Taipei and under a special Olympic flag - will also be off limits.
Those breaching the rules, which also ban gambling, sit-ins, demonstrations, drunkenness and streaking, would be dealt with according to the level of their transgressions, The Times reports.
“Different cases will be handled by different departments following relevant rules or laws. We have specially trained staff who will communicate with spectators,” the paper quoted Huang Keying, deputy director of the spectator services division at the Beijing Organising Committee, as saying.
Lip-gloss, fountain pens and sunscreen will be allowed, but only in small quantities. Animals, other than guide dogs, are prohibited.
Parents will be encouraged not to bring babies. And the “f-word”, commonly heard on the streets of Beijing, will be most definitely forbidden.
Umbrellas, at least those with short handles, will be allowed in a break from the rules that excluded them from the previous Olympics in Athens. (ANI)

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