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Free Tibet, say Australian Olympians

July 29, 2008

The Herald Sun (Australia)
July 28, 2008

A LARGE chunk of Australia's Olympic team will enter Beijing opposed
to its occupation of Tibet.

More than one-third of athletes in the team - 35 of the 100 polled -
declared that they wanted China to withdraw from the strife-torn home
of the Dalai Lama.

Tibet has been a huge talking point among athletes in the wake of
riots and a ruthless response by Chinese authorities this year.

Tour de France cyclist Cadel Evans, perhaps now the most famous
Australian Olympian to compete at the Beijing Games - triggered world
headlines when he wore a Free Tibet T-shirt during a race in Belgium
earlier this year.

Evans recently repeated his show of support for the Tibetan cause,
wearing a Free Tibet T-shirt under the prestigious yellow jersey
preserved for leaders of the Tour de France, during stage 15 of this
year's race.

The International Olympic Committee has toughened its interpretation
of the Olympic Charter for Beijing, adding a clause banning
demonstrations or political, religious or racial propaganda.

The Chinese have been extremely sensitive about any form of Tibetan
protest, and they have banned any demonstrations on the issue.
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