So much for freedom of speech and expression. I predict that this will not last and this kind of blanket prohibition will be history by the next Olympics, indeed probably sooner!

From Olympic blog ban:

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Interestingly, The International Olympic Committee has barred athletes, coaches and nearly everyone associated with a team from writing about their experiences for a newspaper or Web site - blogs included.

According to USA Today: "The IOC's rationale for the restrictions is that athletes and their coaches should not serve as journalists - and that the interests of broadcast rightsholders and accredited media come first." Yes, lucrative rights money comes first.

The only exception to the rule is if an athlete had a previously established Web site long before the games.

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