A week or so back the IOC launched their guidelines for blogging at the Beijing 2008 Games. The guidelines apply to ‘Accredited People’ and are directed principally towards athletes. In 2004, there were no guidelines for such practices, so these are a welcome articulation of the legal position athlets are in during Beijing.
Tomorrow, I’ll speak to Australia’s ABC radio about this subject, as there have been a number of incidents of interest that are particular to the Beijing Games, notably the prospect of its being utilized for political campaigning. While athletes are bound by the Olympic Charter to remain silent about their views during Games time or risk expulsion, it seems unlikely that this will transpire. Already, a number of athletes are converging around the Team Darfur initiative and the British Olympic Association has retreated on its modified contract for athletes.