Sir Steve Redgrave, Britain's greatest Olympian, was left with egg on his face today, after making an insensitive blunder during a BBC interview with Sue Barker.
Barker asked Redgrave for his overall view of the Beijing Games, and he replied that, despite the brilliant performances of the athletes, and unfounded worries about air quality, the stadia hadn't always catered for all spectators. This, he said, was:
"a Chink in their armour".
Barker gasped, and Michael Johnson, sitting next to Redgrave, stifled a laugh with his hand, nearly choking in the process.
'Chink' is a rather insensitive way of describing people from China, who have shown great friendship, and extended a welcoming hand to all countries, without prejudice, throughout these Games.
In my opinion Sir Steve should apologise to the People's Republic of China.