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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Beijing 2008 -- Granbassi: "I Would Refuse for a Free Tibet"

June 26, 2008

AGI/ItalPress (Italy)
JUne 24, 2008

Narni (Italy),  June 24 - The issue of whether or not to give oneself
an opportunity of competing at the Beijing games should have been
hammered out when they were awarded to China, not now.

I think that a political problem shouldn't be tackled by sport.

If, though, they were to tell me that, by cancelling the Olympics,
Tibet would once more be free, I would give up on the Games today."

This the strong stand taken by world silver medallist in fencing,
Margherita Granbassi, in an interview given in tomorrow's edition of
"Diva e donna". The athlete from Italy's Trieste adds: "The Olympics
is certainly an occasion for airing problems. It would be great of
sport could bring China's oppression in Tibet to the forefront of
debate". Margherita, who poses for a photo session on the streets of
Narni, where she has lived for a year, says of herself: "I am single.
You can see that there is no room for romance in my life at the
moment. Not that I wouldn't mind it, indeed: even the biggest
challenges are better faced with someone at your side. A companion
helps improve you.

I struggle to find time for myself, imagine if there was another person.

And then, sometimes, it is constructive to spend time alone".

Margherita Granbassi, an Italian gold medal winner at the foil 2006
World Fencing Championships.
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