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China: Olympic Games

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Chinese authorities on the conditions placed on British athletes participating in the Beijing Olympics. (202165)

[holding answer 28 April 2008]: Athletes’ conditions, at the Beijing Olympic Games, are a matter for the British Olympic Association (BOA), an independent organisation, and are firmly covered by the International Olympic Committee charter. The BOA has a responsibility to safeguard the interests of all athletes and provide an environment where preparations can be undertaken to optimise performance with the minimum of distraction.