Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Universiade 2007 set to kick off

Well, the games are set to kick off tomorrow. I have to admit that my enthusiasm has been dampened by the restrictions imposed due to security. Anyway, I will be up early tomorrow and will try to attend a few events and get some photos.

I haven't really had a chance to talk directly to any of the athletes. However, I was walking behind a pair of Germans (or maybe they were Dutch) the other day, listening to an incomprehensible exchange in their guttural language. It was amusing to hear amongst their babbling the one word that did jump out at me: "incompetent." Wonder what kind of experience they've been having so far?

Saw a group of Chinese athletes strolling around today. They were lean and fit looking which made the fact that a handful of them were smoking all the more jarring.

I understand that awareness of the dangers of smoking isn't as widespread in China as in other parts of the world:

In China Cigarettes are a Kind of Miracle Drug

"Here's some exciting medical news from the Chinese government: Smoking is great for your health.

Cigarettes, according to China's tobacco authorities, are an excellent way to prevent ulcers.

They also reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease, relieve schizophrenia, boost your brain cells, speed up your thinking, improve your reactions and increase your working efficiency..."

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