The Spirit of Tibet shines in Sydney
DHARAMSHALA, India, 18 February 2008 (Phayul) — The Tibetan Olympics is close to realising its dream of "One World Two Olympics". Its torch relay, which started on January 30, 2008, from the Indian Capital New Delhi, reached its first destination — Sydney on Sunday. Themed "One World Many Dreams", the Tibetan Olympics seeks to celebrate Tibetan sporting spirit under the pride of their National Flag after being denied participation at the 2008 Beijing Games. read
SYDNEY, Australia, 17 February 2008 — Tibetans walked through Sydney today to urge the world to recognise their rights to their Tibetan identity and to participate in international sport under the national Tibetan flag.
After being denied Tibetan participation at the Beijing Olympics, the Tibetan community living in exile in India have organised a Tibetan Olympics in May, to make it possible for Tibetans to compete under the pride of the Tibetan national flag. The event will take place in Dharamshala in India on 15-25 May 2008 (www.tibetanolympics.com).
Countering the Beijing Olympics slogan of "One World, One Dream", which infers a communist ideology, the director, Lobsang Wangyal, who is based in India, chose the motto "One World, Many Dreams."
The torch relay walk was held in Sydney to bring Australian attention to the fact that Chinese-occupied Tibet is forbidden to enter the Olympic Games being held in Beijing in August 2008. The walk was well-attended by many local Sydney Tibetans and their supporters, including Lynn Bain, Managing Director of Dalai Lama in Australia Limited, Tsewang Thupten, Spokesman, Tibetan Community, Canberra and Simon Bradshaw, Campaigns Manager, Melbourne, Australia Tibet Council.
Today's walk started at Circular Quay at 11.00 a.m. and proceeded through the Sydney city centre to finish at Darling Harbour. On arrival at their destination, the walkers congregated for a Ten Shug prayer for the long life of His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
The Sydney walk was filmed and will be sent to India as the Australian contribution to a documentary which is being produced about the Tibetan Olympics in India for global distribution.
Tenpa, a Sydney Tibetan resident states "I am keen to support an initiative by a Tibetan living in exile. I also want Beijing to know that Tibetans in Sydney and around the world are upset and angry with the deterioration of human rights and religious freedom in Tibet since China was awarded the Olympics."
"I also want all competing nations at the Olympics to see that the Tibetan-exiled communities can perform well at sporting events, with professionalism, team spirit and good ethics. If they cannot demonstrate this at the main Olympics, then they are given a second chance to show their enthusiasm to participate through the Tibetan Olympics."
For more information please contact: Tenpa Dugdak on 0434 322 449.
See Voice of Tibet blog at www.voiceoftibet.com.au/vot
Report by Sue Bloom and photos by Sam Villarreal.
SYDNEY, Australia, 17 February 2008 — Countering the Beijing Olympics slogan of "One World, One Dream", a torch relay held by Tibetans in Sydney will bring attention to the fact that Chinese-occupied Tibet is forbidden to enter the real event. The torch will travel through Sydney on 17 February 2008, starting at 11.00 a.m. at Circular Quay and will proceed up George Street to finish at Darling Harbour at 12.30 p.m. read
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SYDNEY, Australia — The Sydney walk begins at Circular Quay, finishing at Darling Harbour, on 17 February. All are welcome. Contact Tenpa Dugdak, Mobile 0434 322 449.
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