Haaretz (April 10, 2008)
The Secretary General of Israel's Olympic Committee, Efraim Singer, slammed international attempts to boycott Beijing Olympic Games Tuesday and joined the demand recently made by other countries urging not to "mix politics with sports." Torch relays in London, Paris, and San Francisco attracted tens of thousands of demonstrators. Many want to focus world attention on China's human rights record, its actions in Tibet and its close relationship with Sudan.In a telephone interview with the Argentinean Jewish organization AJN (Agencia Judía de Noticias) from Beijing, Singer said that the demonstrations staged by human rights organizations and pro-Tibetan activists, "shows that there are people who want to take advantage of the mediatic impact of the Games".
"I think there are other forums for one to express oneself, such as the UN, for instance," Singer stated. "The Olympic Games are the most important event worldwide, beyond sports. It is true that there are many mistakes and worrying issues, but not holding the Games would also be worrying," Singer told AJN.
The Israeli representative mentioned the American boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, and the Soviet boycott four years later in the 1984 Games held in Los Angeles, saying that those were not "positive" actions either. On Thursday, President Jacques Rogge of the International Olympic Committee said the controversial Olympic torch relay will go on, but organizers will reconsider holding such international relays for future Olympic Games.
Comment: Yes, of course, sports are more important than human rights, political rights, and the right to life.....What a c***.