China lobs one more Olympic blast
BEIJING -- China's top Olympic official has blasted the
Atlanta Olympics for biased judging, money grabbing organizers and
politically prejudiced commentators.
Wei Jizhong, secretary general of the Chinese Olympic
Committee, said in an interview that some people were jealous of China's
He said China, despite "absurb allegations" that its
athletes used performance-enhancing ***, had stood up like a giant
and those who tried to obstruct its sporting drive would end up
"There are people in the world who are prejudiced
against China and jealous of its achievements, who adopt a dual criteria
on the question of doping," he said.
"Like the United States, Germany and many other
countries, (China) did not have a single positive case in doping tests,
repudiating the absurd allegation that Chinese athletes have used
Wei's remarks, described as "a talk to the whole world,"
were made in an interview with China Sports magazine.
"The outcome of the Atlanta Olympics proves it is risky
to assign the Olympics to a few businessmen who, relying on their
experience in trade, regard its organisation as a mere commercial
He said Atlanta had shown that a successful Olympics
required the support of the state and sports organisations and the
International Olympic Committee had failed to police the organisers
and ensure they kept their "fine promises" made ahead of the Games.
He complemented the Chinese team for their spirit,
discipline and composure despite biased judging that adversely affected
the results of some competitors.
"As a socialist power, China has stood up like a giant
-- brave, industrious and fearless of attacks and slanders," he said.
"Anyone who tries to stop its thriving cause of sport
will end up -- to use a Chinese proverb -- "like a mantis trying to
obstruct a running chariot'."