Some Olympic athletes are thinking of boycotting the Bejing Olympics because of China’s repressive crackdown in Tibet. A number of German Olympians argue that China (because of its human rights violations) is not a suitable venue for the Olympics.
On the other hand a senior Olympic official says these athletes “will realize when they assess the situation that it is better to make an appearance than to stay away. That is a symbol that will be noticed by the public.”
Other analysts argue that the 1980 boycott of the Moscow games did not moderate the behaviour of the Soviet Union.
On the other hand, if Chinese brutality in Tibet continues to worsen, should China get off scott free?
Or should the Olympics be used as leverage to try to halt Chinese repression?