Boycotting Olympics would only invite humiliation: China

April 1st, 2008 - 8:48 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, April 1 (Xinhua) China said Tuesday if any foreign officials boycott the Beijing Olympics, they will undermine a grand event that belongs to the people of the whole world and will only invite humiliation on them. “If any one wants to take the world people’s grand event as a stage for political show, he or she has found a wrong place, and will only ask for an insult,” China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a press conference here while responding to a US senior official’s comments about a possible boycott of the Olympics.

She said by attending the Olympics they will participate in the gathering of the big world family and cheer for their own sports teams.

Those who will leave the Olympics will leave the Games’ big family and only damage their own image, she added.

She underlined that the torch relay delivered the Olympic concept of peace, friendship and harmony and the Olympic spirit.

“Any disturbance or disruption of the torch relay will be an open provocation of the Olympic charter and the spirit of the sports event and a challenge to the world’s people who love peace and sports,” Jiang said.

The Olympic flame arrived Tuesday afternoon at Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, the first stop of the global torch relay.

Following in the footsteps of the Athens Games, the Beijing relay will be the longest and most ambitious event.

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