Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Outrageous Olympic material

An article in an English magazine reports that a brochure prepared for the Bejing Olympics "warned volunteers that disabled athletes were "unsocial" and "controlling", and "that people with disabilities had unique personalities and suffered from a strong sense of inferiority."

Apparently, the offending passages were edited from the English language version, but are still present in the Chinese version. According to the director of the Paralympic games, it was a translating error and refused to apologize.

Link to the current English version of the volunteer manual (offending passages missing). I guess we'll just have to take their word for it.

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