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  Olympic chief in ‘secret China deal’
  Michael Sheridan, Far East Correspondent
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  China made a secret deal with International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge to support his election to the post in return for Rogge's lobbying for Beijing to win the 2008 Olympics, according to an explosive new book by China's sports minister at the time, Yuan Weimin.
  The former minister says Rogge explicitly bargained with him to win Chinese votes at the Moscow meeting of the IOC in 2001, which awarded the games to Beijing and three days later elected Rogge as president.
   看到网上袁伟民的回应吗?  一贯的上纲上线扣帽子。
   The games took place last year under stifling security after worldwide protests over China’s human rights record and demonstrations along the route of the Olympic torch.
  Rogge, 67, a Belgian surgeon and former Olympian, has just won-re-election to a second and final term as head of the IOC until 2013.
  The IOC chief says the 2008 games were a triumph for the Olympic movement and has defended the choice of Beijing as a decision that engaged China with the world and advanced the cause of reform.
  According to extracts from the sport minister's memoirs translated by The Sunday Times, Beijing won thanks to a deceptive strategy to outwit its rivals based on the principles of ancient Chinese warfare.
  The book, titled “Yuan Weimin and the winds and clouds of the world of sports”, tells how China’s ruling politburo approved a plan to put Rogge into the top job as a payoff to win European votes for Beijing.
  In turn, that meant deceiving their fellow Asian nations, who hoped that an Asian could lead the IOC and who believed they could count on Chinese support.
  “Although we didn’t have a written contract with Rogge we had a private understanding,” Yuan writes.
  His book lifts the veil on months of backroom bargaining that went on as nations sought to influence the crucial decision – a process that has rarely, if ever, been disclosed by a participant.
  他的书揭开了申办国寻求影响关键决策者所进行的数月的幕后讨价还价的面纱 - 这一过程极少 - 如果有的话 - 被参与者披露过。
  The other contenders were Toronto, Paris and Istanbul.
  As the clock ticked down to the Moscow decision, Yuan says he and Beijing Mayor Liu Qi went to see Rogge in a discreet apartment at a Geneva conference centre.
  During the discussion in Switzerland, Rogge explained that one of his reasons to back the Chinese was that if Paris won the 2008 games it would be bad for his campaign to be IOC President, Yuan says.
   "We expressed our opinion to Rogge that we hoped Rogge and his friends would support Beijing. Rogge said he hoped that China's three IOC delegates and China's friends would support him," Yuan writes.
  The Chinese campaign went into overdrive after that encounter, led by Li Lanqing, one of the top nine members of the Communist Party.
  As lobbyists, sports officials, sponsors and governments vied for advantage, the politics became duplicitous.
  "Rogge told me he was very grateful to me for supporting him in his run for president and he would completely support China's bid to host the Olympics,” writes Yuan.
  “But he hoped China would understand that he could not publicly express his stand and his opinion because he was chairman of the European Olympic Committee and both Paris and Istanbul were in Europe - but that none the less he would work for Beijing."
  According to the former minister’s account, Rogge needed reassurance that the Chinese would keep their side of the bargain.
  "Of course we made the promise that China would persuade its friends to support Rogge." Yuan writes, "in return we got Rogge's support in winning over the European members."
  But the Chinese plan nearly went wrong when their own chief delegate, He Zhenliang, showed signs of voting for a fellow Asian candidate, South Korea's Kim Un-yong.
  Yuan says the leadership was furious with He and ordered all three of China's IOC delegates to vote for Rogge.
  China was awarded the 2008 Olympics on May 13, 2001, and Rogge was elected president on May 16.
  The Chinese government spent more than 30 billion pounds on hosting the games, more than its annual education budget, calculated the Hong Kong-based magazine Kaifang,.
  It staged a display of precision and authority to stage a flawless games that became an expression of national pride.
  Doubts about faked fireworks at the opening ceremony and a mimed performance by a perfect little girl singer were brushed aside.
  Chinese rights groups bitterly complained that the government broke its promises to the IOC to allow peaceful demonstrations and freedom of access to the internet. A few pro-Tibetan protests were swiftly suppressed.
  The security forces evicted thousands of migrants from Beijing and arrested dissidents by the hundreds. Many events played out to half-empty stadiums because officials feared unrest.
  Engineers cut off water to farmers south of Beijing to make sure the capital’s fountains never ran dry and sealed off the city with roadblocks to stop them protesting as thousands became destitute. Some committed suicide.
  Facing questions in Beijing last year over China's record on human rights and suppression of freedoms during the Olympics, Rogge conceded that perhaps the committee had been naive in accepting the promises made by Chinese leaders - like the sports minister.
  去年北京在奥运会期间,面对关于中国去年的人权和压制自由的问题时,罗格承认,委员会接受了中国领导人 - 比如如体育部长 - 所作出的承诺也许是太天真了。
  “After all,” he said, “we are idealists".
  A spokesman for Rogge said he had been elected by a large majority. “Any insinuation that deals would have been made is absolutely false,” he said.
  罗格的一个发言人说,他是被大多数推举当选的。 “任何关于交易的暗示是完全错误的。”他说。
   看到RunInCircle 的帖,觉得那个英文作者也是那个讲故事的类型,俺
   Leslie Hawes wrote:
  There is corruption everywhere, not just in China...and very recently abuse of power by most members of the Parliament...a civilised term for corruption
  October 18, 2009 1:45 PM BST on community.timesonline.co.uk
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  lauren simpson wrote:
  No one will succeed in this world unless they are corrupted. Nothing new, just the sad reality of the elites.
  October 18, 2009 1:11 PM BST on community.timesonline.co.uk
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  sasidhar vasili wrote:
  If they made a secret deal so what? we witnessed the most amazing olympics in the history.. I dont even expect at least half of that in 2012..
  October 18, 2009 12:07 PM BST on community.timesonline.co.uk
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  David Dou wrote:
  You can tell something has gone horribly wrong with the 2012 olympics, if british media resorts to cheap shots like this.
  Roll on 2012 screw up olympics
  October 18, 2009 11:22 AM BST on community.timesonline.co.uk
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  Hsun Tze Lim wrote:
  Beijing was narrowly beaten by Sydney in the 2000 Olympics bid.
  Getting and winning the 2008 games should not have been a big hurdle. Did China need to resort to such underhand measure? Could it have been just casual talk, a joke perhaps? What about the other cities which had won and hosted the games? What about London? Can we be sure London got it clean?
  If China is that mean and corrupt, the sports minister is in deep trouble for revealing this matter. Does he not know the implication? Or has there been a misinterpretation?
  October 18, 2009 8:02 AM BST on community.timesonline.co.uk
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