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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

I suppose there’s nothing more admirable than trying to exploit the Olympics for one’s own sanctimonious sense of entitlement and political self-righteousness.

Former world-class javelin thrower Sofia Sakorafa of Greece arrived in Ramallah on Sunday, hoping to represent the Palestinians at the Olympic Games in Athens this summer.

Sakorafa, 47, told reporters that she hopes to represent the Palestinian team in an expression of solidarity for their plight as people living under Israeli occupation.

"I feel that by standing beside the Palestinian flag at the Olympic games I would be achieving my life dream to be a struggler for freedom, equality, and independence," said Sakorafa, claiming that she has obtained Palestinian citizenship.

Of course, this would hardly be the first time somebody has selfishly exploited the Olympics to make a statement against Israel on behalf of Palestinians.

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