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Internal Memo Indicates IOC Bracing For Torch Protests In China
Published April 15, 2008
|Internal Memo Shows IOC's Concerns About
Protests During China's Leg Of Torch Relay
FLAME TRACKER: The torch relay moved from Tanzania to Muscat, Oman, yesterday, as "thousands cheered and some staged dances with traditional daggers." The "carnival-like atmosphere" was a "welcome respite for Olympic organizers seeking to avoid protests." The torch next travels to Islamabad, Pakistan, tomorrow (USA TODAY, 4/15).
TRACK TRIALS PREPARING: In Portland, Binder & Goe report Eugene 08, the local organizing committee for the U.S. Track & Field trials set to be held in Eugene, Oregon, from June 27-July 6, "plans to be ready" for potential protests. Eugene 08 co-Chair Greg Erwin: "We're hoping, quite honestly, to be respectful of everyone's right of free speech. We endorse that. But we hope those who do have something they want to protest, that they will be respectful of the athletes and the spectators -- particularly because there are athletes trying to realize their lifelong dreams." Erwin added that there is a security plan in place "to deal with any type of disturbance" (Portland OREGONIAN, 4/15).