China Daily reports that Liu Xiang’s medical team has agreed with the opinions of U.S. doctors who say that the injury that forced the 2004 Olympic champ out of the first round at the Beijing Olympics requires surgery. That’s likely to be done in the U.S. as well – and it makes Liu one of several Chinese sports superstars who have gone the route of making the trip to the United States for sports-related surgery. (Volleyball stars Feng Kun and Zhao Ruirui made the trip to Chicago in early 2007 to receive surgery for sports-related injuries and snagged a bronze medal in Beijing in August, both playing at full strength.)
Star hurdler Liu to go under the knife
Before the Olympics, the Chinese leadership agreed to sit down with representatives of Tibet’s government in exile to try to work out their differences. Now, word comes that the Dalai Lama himself feels the talks have reached a dead end. That’s frustrating to all who hope for better relations between China and Tibetans – and considering how much it became an issue in this Olympic year, with protests in Tibet that led to some calling for a boycott of the Olympics, it’s doubly difficult to swallow. We hope the Olympics are a catalyst for positive change in the world; it would have been gratifying to see the Chinese leadership try to figure out how to solve its differences with the Dalai Lama so that the cultures could coexist peacefully.
As I said…frustrating.