Insight for Sunday 20 July 2008
New Zealand's history of blurring the line between politics and sport has long been debated, and with the Beijing Olympics just weeks away, the old chestnut is about to rear its head again.
The normally peaceful travels of the Olympic flame have already been disrupted by protests, and although the flame did not pass through this country, public interest in China's environmental and human rights issues have been piqued.
But will anyone actually make a stand at the Olympics and speak out against the practices that many say are atrocious?
Monique Devereux talks to New Zealand athletes and officials to find out their position.