China says Tibet unrest to have no impact on Beijing Olympics

The past week's unrest in Tibet will not have a negative impact on the Beijing Olympic Games and the torch relay, organizers said Saturday.

Preparations to carry the Olympic torch up Mount Everest and across Tibet "have been proceeding very smoothly and according to schedule," said Sun Weide, a spokesman for the organizing committee, known by its initials, BOCOG.

Sun acknowledged that pro-Tibet groups and others have invoked the August 8-24 Olympics to publicize their causes, but said they represented only a tiny minority of global opinion.

"BOCOG opposes any attempt to politicize the Olympic Games because that runs counter to the very spirit of the Olympic Games," Sun told The Associated Press.

"We have been receiving tremendous support from the international community for the Olympic Games," he said.

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