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article imageOp-Ed: The Olympic Torch Prepares For Stormy Weather

By KJ Mullins     Mar 23, 2008 in Sports
Are the skies reflecting their displeasure with the way its going in China? As the ceremony draws near in Athens to light the torch for the Olympic Games on Monday cloudy skies may mean this time around the Sun will need help to light the flame.
A back-up flame will be used during the ceremony on Monday if the Sun doesn't provide the torch with fire. Security for the event has been stepped up as global protests are heated over the issue of Tibet.
The Chinese government has not been able to quell the anger of the world about it's treatment of the Tibetan people even with a media blackout.
According to the Tibetan government-in-exile at least 99 people have been killed during the protests by Chinese troops. The Chinese government gives the figure of only 19 rioted being slain in light of the protests in Lhasa.
"We believe that China will change by opening the country to the scrutiny of the world through the 25,000 media who will attend the games," International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge said in a statement.
"Awarding the Olympic Games to the most populous country in the world will open up one fifth of mankind to Olympism."
Storms are in the forecast for Greece on Monday. Because of that the flame lighting ceremony has been backed up an hour to hopefully escape the downfall.
It's not the first time that rain has ruined a lighting ceremony. The 2000 Sydney Games and the last three Winter Olympics have had to deal with lighting issues.
Tibet will be one of the 20 countries that the torch will pass through on the way to Beijing. On August 8 the torch will light the Olympic flame to start the Games.
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