The Olympic torch has become one big political hot potato as it is passed(jostled/ rugbytackled/bused) from country to country, presumably eventually back to China in time for the Games later this year. I can't believe that anyone actually thought China would be able to hold the games without having its human rights record put under the spotlight. Of course, Mr Brown has decided he was never going to attend the opening ceremony because that would be a waste of tax payers money to do so...(Didn't he recently go on a big tour to China with Richard Branson when they were deciding not to nationalise The Northern Rock? Was that trip at taxpayers expense?)
The real problem with the Olympics is that sporting endeavour has become eclipsed by trying to make the games financially and politically succesful for the host countries. Money and medals are never a good mix.