The Olympics are about sports, or are they? Inevitably the political and religious beliefs of the participating nations enter the games and cause controversy. In an attempt to reaffirm its apolitical position amidst criticism of China's handling of Tibet, the International Olympic Committee drafted a letter clarifying what qualifies as protest, explaining that athletes' external appearance, clothing and gestures will be scrutinized. Are the Olympics an inappropriate venue for political expression? You decide, as the controversial 2008 Olympic Games rapidly approach.
* Katie Thomas, sports reporter for The New York Times
* Darryl Seibel, spokesman for United States Olympic Committee
* Tommie Smith, one of the athletes who gave the black power salute during the 1968 Olympics. His autobiography, "Silent Gesture," was published in 2007.
* David Wallechinsky, Vice President of the International Society of Olympic Historians and author of "The Complete Book of the Olympics"