China's amazing powers of internet censorship - steroids and sports doping at the olympics
Wow those Chinese dudes have really worked out how to do internet censorship quickly and efficiently! A Chinese sports doctor said that Chinese athletes were regularly given "performance-enhancing drugs". Very quickly, searches about that were blocked from China, and doing some searches even resulted in the person's internet connection being disconnected!
CHINESE Olympians were subjected to a state-sponsored doping regime which was modelled on eastern Europe, says a retired Chinese Olympic doctor.
Steroids and human growth hormones were officially treated as part of ''scientific training'' as China emerged as a sporting power through the 1980s and into the 1990s, she says.
Athletes often did not know what they were being injected with and medical staff who refused to participate were marginalised, she says. Xue Yinxian, retired chief medical supervisor for the Chinese gymnastics team in the 1980s.
''It was rampant in the 1980s,'' Xue Yinxian told Fairfax, in her home in Beijing's eastern suburbs. ''One had to accept it.''
Internet searches for ''china'' and ''sports doping'' were blocked in Beijing yesterday, while a search for ''drugs'' coupled with the names of prominent athletes identified by Dr Xue resulted in the internet connection being temporarily severed.