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China was not alone in cheating a little at Olympic Games

China wasn't the first Olympics to cheat a little on the authenticity of its opening ceremony, Australian media reports revealed Friday.

The orchestra which gave a bravura performance at the opening of the Sydney Olympics in 2000 was miming to a tape recording, officials said in reports.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, whose stirring performance was one of the highlights of the Sydney opening, mimed to a tape recorded by their members, and others from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Melbourne orchestra managing director Trevor Green said pre-recording had been essential to prevent bloopers in a live performance.

"If you've got an event the size of the Olympics, and you've got billions and billions of people watching it, you definitely have a backing track and mime to it, because anything could go wrong," Green said.

"It's just a safety first thing...You cannot take the risk."

China attracted international condemnation when it was revealed that pig-tailed Lin Miaoke, who gave a pitch-perfect performance of "Ode to the Motherland" at the Beijing opening ceremony, was mouthing words performed by seven-year-old Yang Peiyi.

Peiyi was deemed to be not pretty enough to perform for a worldwide audience.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra managing director Libby Christie said the orchestra also used pre-recordings at the 2003 Rugby World Cup and 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
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