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Tibet at the London 2012 Olympics PDF Print E-mail
[7 August 2012] Though Tibet is not represented as a country at the London 2012 Olympics, Tibet does have a presence. As well as supporters displaying the Tibetan flag at Olympic events, there are Tibetans involved in the Games.

The Tibet flag at the OlympicsTibet flags have been in evidence at Olympic venues, with Tibet supporters ensuring that Tibet is not forgotten during the Games. Tibet flags have been spotted outside the Olympic Stadium, at the Basketball Arena, around the Olympic Park, at Wembley Stadium and in London along the routes of the cycling, walking and running road races. View photos on Tibet Society's facebook page. (If you have any photos of Tibet flags at Olympic events please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .)

Geshe Tashi at the OlympicsGeshe Tashi Tsering (pictured left), the Spiritual Director of the Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London, is serving as the Buddhist Chaplain of the London Olympic Games. It is believed that this is the first time a Tibetan has ever held such a position at the Olympic Games.

A Tibetan is also competing at the London Games. Choeyang (Chinese: Shenjie Qieyang) is the first Tibetan athlete to participate in the Olympics, though she is competing under the Chinese flag. Choeyang will compete in the Women's 20km Walk on Saturday 11 August.

[UPDATE - 12 August] Choeyang won a bronze medal in her event. In an interview with Associated Press she was quoted as saying, I'm extremely honored to take part as the first representative of the Tibetans at the Olympic Games and to win a medal. Tibet flags were in evidence along the course as Tibetans and Tibet supporters cheered her on. I heard it! Really. I heard a Tibetan cheering me on! she said. However she refused to answer when asked about the Tibet flags.

The Tibet flag at the OlympicsPrior to the Olympics a multi-faith service was held in central London to mark the opening of the Games. At the service Tibetan Karma Chura-Tsang delivered several Buddhist readings and later had the chance to hold the Olympic torch.

Further reading:
Tibetan athlete: PhayulAP (via FoxSports)
Multi-faith service: Tibet Society blog
Photos of Tibet at the Olympics: Facebook

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