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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Olympic games without frontiers?

I'm not much of a sports fan. However, like many people who do not follow an particular sport keenly, I do give some of my free time to things like the Olympic Games. And this weekend sees the beginning of this year's Summer Olympics in Athens, so I suppose a blog entry before the games start is a good idea.

Malta at the Athens 2004 Olympic GamesEarlier today, I was discussing the coverage of the Maltese athletes with Antoine Busuttil,'s sports editor. I believe that this year is the most controversial year for the Maltese Olympic team. I don't mean there's any controversy with the Maltese athletes in Athens, but rather around the Malta Olympic Committee, in it's broader role as administrator of Malta's participation in all Olympic contests.

First we had the case of Marion Vella, which I've already discussed on my blog. And now there's word on the doping case of cyclist Dave Miller. I wonder if any of this will weigh down on Malta's best hope for an Olympic medal, William Chetcuti, who will also be carrying the Maltese flag during the opening ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games on Friday.

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