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Old 05-25-2008, 01:17 PM   #1
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Should China consider postponing Olympics or ??

Has China gotten to a point where someone in authority should just say "Hey folks, lets just suspend the games for 12 months and resolve these earthquake problems for now". (Of course they would say it in Chinese)

With these new aftershocks, hundreds of dams in question, along with all of the recovery work that is necessary, it seems nuts that they should continue on with the athletic activities while millions of folks are hurting so much and so much attention is demanded (rightly so) in the quake zone.

Wait 12 months? Reschedule at another site(s)? Other options?

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Old 05-25-2008, 01:56 PM   #2
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I believe the Olympics should go ahead as planned.

China is an enormous country with a population of 1,319,175,334 at time of writing.
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The earthquake is of course an enormous disaster. Let's suppose that 13 million people are involved or helping in some way. That's less than 1% of the country's population. In the grand scheme of things, the Olympics is a relatively smaller event. Cancelling or postponing the Olympics two months ahead would not free up relief workers and would bring no practical benefit to the victims of the earthquake. Instead, it would simply be a waste of all the efforts the Chinese people have put in already and an economic disaster. Furthermore, an Olympics to be proud of will be a morale booster, something the country needs right now. There is a real opportunity here to make the Olympics "count" towards earthquake relief by linking sponsor profits to donations. It must also be acknowledged that one of the main reasons why the Chinese government is being so open to the media around this disaster is the upcoming Olympics. If anything, this will be to China's benefit. Certainly the openness is generating a great deal of empathy with the Chinese people. From personal experience I can testify to their amazing work ethic and sense of the common good. It's difficult to imagine the grief of these parents who have lost their only children.

One thing that amazes me is the way that poorly constructed buildings, notably schools, have toppled like ninepins, while others have remained largely intact. Media attention and international involvement may help to raise the bar for China's building codes and standards in the future.
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Speaking from personal experience with earthquakes and media coverage thereof, there's nothing to worry about.
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The earthquake zone is 960 miles from the Olympics
Magnitude 7.9 - EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA

If the Olympics were in NYC and KC - 1097mi away - would you postpone them?

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If the Olympics were in NYC and KC - 1097mi away - would you postpone them?
The distance is not the issue as I see it. The issue is that without the distraction of the Olympics games, the nation could focus on this terrible situation and concentrate all of their efforts and funds on digging out and rebuilding rather than concentrating on who will qualify for the finals of the 100m Butterfly and if that person can pass a drug test.
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The distance is not the issue as I see it. The issue is that without the distraction of the Olympics games, the nation could focus on this terrible situation and concentrate all of their efforts and funds on digging out and rebuilding rather than concentrating on who will qualify for the finals of the 100m Butterfly and if that person can pass a drug test.
That sounds like the nation can only do one thing at a time concept. The physical plant, funds (most if not all for the venues and other costs have been spent) organizational personnel and other requirements for the Olympics are in place and not required (differenct skill set) for the earthquake relief efforts. If anything, postponing the Olympics would reduce the expected revenue.
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