Macau presents for your enjoyment....Olympic horse-back fencing!

 by Martin Belam, 16 August 2008

As I mentioned, I was in Macau during the build-up and start of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Although Macau is a 'Special Administrative Region' of China, and so under a different legislative framework, the area is still proud to be associated with hosting the Olympics. There are street signs and evidence of Olympic-related activity almost everywhere you go.

One World One Dream Olympic posters on Taipa

An Olympic mascot plays tennis

An exhibition of Olympic related sculptures

Macau is an interesting area because of the mix of the Chinese population with the Portuguese heritage of the former colony. You get some interesting juxtapositions of old Portugal with the distinctively Chinese branding of this year's Games.

Macau road signs

Not everything has gone exactly to plan however, illustrated here by Huanhuan. I'm not entirely sure when horseback fencing (or is it jousting?) became an Olympic discipline.

Olympic horse-back fencing?


I think its supposed to be Modern Pentathlon :)

Yes I think so, Matthew, Huanhuan had the pistol in the other hand, which you can't quite see in the picture. Mind you, I'd pay good money to watch a sport that involved blokes on horses with a sword and a pistol at the same time!

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