The biggest sporting event of the year has begun in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China: 61 disciplines, more than 12,000 participants in the Asian Games. Image: AP
At the start of the Asian Games in China with 12,000 athletes, the impression is that Asia’s rulers are “just winning” the sports policy battle. Sport provides them with the templates.
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Meanwhile, the biggest sporting event of the year began on Saturday in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China: 61 disciplines, more than 12,000 participants in the Asian Games. The Olympics in Paris next year are, as far as these numbers are concerned, a significantly smaller number. Days before the opening, the managing director general of the organizing Olympic Council of Asia, the Indian Vinod Kumar Tiwari, had instilled in the participants an essential rule of conduct: Anyone who makes a statement in Hangzhou that could be interpreted as a political or religious protest will be thrown out.