Obviously athletes are going to be there to compete in whatever it is that they do, but to specifically order the team to not discuss anything that may be politically sensitive is pathetic. I think China will be just fine regardless of what an athlete from a foreign country might say, but the UK Olympic association sure is taking a hit on the issue of freedom of speech. This is not exactly what I would expect from an otherwise democratic country that values freedom of speech. If China is unable to handle a few words in English by foreigners (and I believe they can) then they have much bigger problems. What an incredibly stupid and cowardly idea by the BOA.