FAN Hong 凡红 is a professor and director of the Irish Institute of Chinese Studies at University College Cork. She was born in Sichuan and trained as a swimmer in Beijing before pursuing an academic career in the UK. Fan’s recent publications include Sport, Nationalism and Orientalism: The Asian Games (2006).

Duncan Mackay is an award-winning British sports journalist. He studied Chinese history and politics at university and has covered every Olympics since Barcelona 1992. He now writes for the Observer and is publisher and editor of www.insidethegames.com, a website devoted to the Olympic Games. He carried the Olympic torch in London in April 2008.

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