After Deporting Djokovic, Australia Says China is Evil for Restricting Athletes’ Speech

Promoting a thing while doing the opposite is standard overlord strategy.

Previously: Australian Court Finalizes Deportation Order for Djokovic – No More Championships for You, Sir

They have to be laughing about this.

It is like a Monty Python skit.

The Guardian:

Potential restrictions on athletes’ speech at the Beijing Winter Olympics are “very concerning”, Australia’s sports minister, Richard Colbeck, has said after China warned of “punishment” for political comments at next month’s Games.

Colbeck said the Australian government opposed China’s advisory, and maintained athletes had the right to free speech on the Olympic stage.

“The International Olympics Committee has made it clear that all athletes have the right to political opinions and the freedom to express them including through social media and media interviews,” Colbeck said in comments to the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Any threat aimed at Australian athletes for speaking out, therefore, is very concerning and is not at all supported by the Australian government.”

Yang Shu, the deputy director of international relations for the Beijing organising committee, told a press conference on Tuesday that “dedicated departments” would investigate athletes’ comments at the Games.

“Any expression that is in line with the Olympic spirit I’m sure will be protected,” Yang said.

Any behaviour or speech that is against the Olympic spirit, especially against the Chinese laws and regulations, are also subject to certain punishment.”

Yang added that “politicisation of sports” was opposed by the Olympic Charter.

China is the bad guy, why?

No one can claim they don’t have more freedom than us.

One might even claim that democracy always leads to tyranny.

But that ain’t none of my business.