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Beijing Olympics gold medal for auction on Taiwan website

Taipei - Beijing Olympics gold medal for auction on Taiwan website A Beijing Olympics gold medal was put up for auction on a Taiwan website, but the seller or the website later removed the posting, a newspaper said on Friday.

On Sunday a man posted a message on the Yahoo. kimo website, the most popular website in Taiwan, inviting bids for a Beijing Olympics gold medal, according to the Liberty Times.

China's Olympic gold medallists feel strain on Hong Kong tour

Hong Kong - Three of China's Olympic gold medallists have fainted or fallen ill during an exhausting tour of Hong Kong and Macau to celebrate their victories, a news report said Monday.

Women's rowing gold medallist Zhang Yangyang passed out Sunday during a toast at a reception hosted by Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang, the South China Morning Post reported.

Trampolinist He Wenna and diver Wu Minxia later fell ill in Macau and had to miss some of their official engagements on the hectic whirlwind tour of the former British and Portuguese colonies.

Taiwan to invest 1 billon dollars to prepare for 2012 Olympics

Taiwan to invest 1 billon dollars to prepare for 2012 Olympics Taipei - After a poor showing at the Beijing Olympics Taiwan plans to spend at least 1 billion Taiwan dollars (32 million US dollars) to prepare for the 2012 London Olympics, a newspaper said Thursday.

Hong Kong's Olympic team arrives home from Beijing empty-handed

Hong Kong's Olympic team arrives home from Beijing empty-handed Hong Kong - Hong Kong's Olympic team returned home empty-handed from Beijing Wednesday with its president calling on the government of the former British colony to invest more in athletics.

Airplanes and rockets used to disperse rain at the Beijing Olympics closing ceremony

Beijing Olympics closing ceremonyNew Delhi, August 25: Chinese weather officials have said that they used airplanes and rockets to disperse rain at the Beijing Olympics closing ceremony on August 24.

Human rights organization gives Beijing Games negative verdict

Beijing - China failed to win any medals in the human rights department during the Beijing Olympics, a rights watchdog said Monday.

The Chinese government "blatantly and successfully" used the Games to realize its political goals, Hong Kong-based Human Rights in China (HRIC) said.

"Yet the carefully orchestrated facade could not conceal a police state that tramples on human rights," HRIC executive director Sharon Hom said.

China deports 10 pro-Tibet activists

Beijing - China has deported all 10 of the pro-Tibet activists it arrested for protesting or helping to organize protests during the Beijing Olympics, releasing them before the end of their 10-day detention following pressure from the US embassy in Beijing, a US-based Tibet rights group said Monday.

"All 10 have been deported. They were deported at 9:20 am Sunday New York time (Sunday evening in Beijing) right before the end of the closing ceremony," said Heather Reddick, an international operations director for the New York-based Students for a Free Tibet.

Two Olympic superstars and a few others

BeijingUsain Bolt and Michael Phelps - Ask any person who they consider the superstars of the Beijing Olympics that ended on Sunday and you will - in all probability - get just two names: Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt.

Mission accomplished for Team China

Beijing Olympics 2008Beijing - China finishes the 2008 Beijing Games sitting proudly on top of the medals table with a final tally of 51 gold, 21 silver and 28 bronze.

While China's 100-medal total is surpassed by the United States, which won 110, of which 36 were gold, the host nation can rightly look back on an Olympic Games in which it met its sporting expectations.

Olympic attention now swings to london

Beijing - David Beckham kicked a football and three-time Beijing gold medallist Chris Hoy rode a bicycle past a double-decker bus as London became the centre of Olympic attention on Sunday.

The next Olympics may be the winter edition in Vancouver 2010, but London hosts the next Summer Games in 2012 and presented itself to the world in the traditional handover ceremony, at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Games.

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