German athlete announces boycott of opening ceremony

German judo athlete Yvonne Boenisch has announced that she will boycott the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. “I want to send a signal by not taking part in the opening ceremony,” said Yvonne Boenisch.

“Participating in the Olympics is every athlete’s biggest wish,” she said. “A boycott now would shatter thousands of athletes’ dreams.”

I doubt there will be many athletes following suit. Attending the opening ceremony, walking into the stadium with your team mates watched by 100,000 spectators and billions around the world is probably the highlight of any athlete’s career.

“It kinda bums me out because it’s my first Olympics and maybe my only Olympics and I might not be able to go to the opening ceremonies,” said beach-volleyball player Phil Dalhausser from the United States.

Posted by Wu 11 years ago

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Chiong - April 17, 2008 @ 8:36 am

Why don’t she give up participating in the Olympics instead of boycotting the opening ceremony?

It’s a funny joke.

cyan - April 18, 2008 @ 5:02 am

oh wellll… i guess we don’t really need any N*zi people at the ceremony right? (sarcasm)

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