Tibetan national, Choeyang Kyi la, won a Bronze medal today in the women's race-walk at the London 2012 Olympics.
Tibetan supporters from many countries sent their congratulations via facebook and other web-based platforms, which are routinely denied or blocked for ordinary citizens in Tibet and in China. The Tibetan Women's Association thanked all the Tibetans and supporters who lined the route with their flags and cheers and suggested that "perhaps that's what put such a broad smile on Choeyang's face!"
Sadly Choeyang was forced to compete under a Chinese name (Qieyang Shenjie) and under the flag of Communist China who have denied Tibetan freedoms and rights of independent existence relentlessly since invading the country in 1949.
Recently the Chinese government have eradicated teaching of the Tibetan language in Tibetan schools, closed Tibet to journalists and announced they are going to create a "Tibetan theme park" in the country. This latter has horrified human rights experts as trivialising an entire culture and adding to the constant cultural genocide that China continues to perpetrate upon Tibet and her people.
The United States and European Union have condemned China;s human rights record and passed resolutions demanding China takes action accordingly.
Choeyang's participation in the Olympics is perhaps one of the few lights in the darkness of Chinese oppression, despite the attempt to cover up her identity. She is to be commended and hopes are high that Tibet will one day be able to compete in the Olympics under its own flag.