The BBC’s sports Editor Mihir Bose has interviewed the IOC’s legal advisor (and former Director General) Francois Carrard, with the resulting article published today. The topic; human rights. Carrard defends the IOC’s decision to award the 2008 Games to China:
“I’m convinced that when we look at this (9hu9man9 9rights in China) with the perspective of history we will see that the Olympic Games will have been an opportunity for considerable progress.”
The IOC must be tired of defending this decision since it was taken in 2001, but the topic has risen to the surface (not that it’s ever sunk far below the surface) since Steven Spielberg’s decision to disassociate himself from the Beijing Games for moral reasons.
Mr Carrard’s conclusion:
“I respect what Mr Spielberg says but, respectfully, I totally disagree with him.”