June 28, 2005

Another Olympic Alliance

The Chinese are at it again, signing another agreement to pool Olympic knowledge. This one's a bit more interesting than the rest, though. Previously China has agreed to collaborate with a bunch of Olympic minnows; for example, Canada and Kenya. China really has nothing to lose, and everything to gain, from those kind of arrangements. They know that Canada has some expertise in a small group of sports, but isn't any threat to China in the Olympic medal table.

This time, they're jumping in with an Olympic shark, teaming up with Russia. It's an interesting gamble; there may be lots to learn from the Russians, but they might also be giving up their own edge in a variety of sports.

I will be curious to see how this alliance plays out.

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