News that an eighth Chinese athlete has been baned for doping this year is met with mixed feelings. On one hand, it's promising that efforts to catch the cheaters is working--at least in eight cases--and that the international sporting bodies aren't afraid to ban Chinese athletes in the lead up to Beijing.
On the other hand, however, it seems to confirm what has long been suspected--that the Chinese will do anything to make sure they finish on top of the medal standings.
Cheating in the Olympics is in no way restricted to totalitarian nations, but historically it's particularly bad in countries that try to use sports as proof of the culture's supposed superiority--think East Germany--example Ms. (?) Otto at left--the Soviet Union, etc.
There is really only one country left in the world that still operates in the 1983 world. For some reason the IOC thought it would be a great idea to have the Olympics there.
It's too bad there wasn't a nice middle power country that was willing to host the 2008 Games...oh wait...
(yes, yes, I know...more important ways to spend the money, etc.)