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ImageAMSTERDAM (Reuters) - If it were up to Prince Willem-Alexander is, the Olympic torch travels the world no longer around. ,, I am a critical member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). My argument is not only the tradition, but also the very high costs.''

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That the Crown Prince said in an interview with De Telegraaf that the interview published Wednesday.

According to Willem-Alexander, the IOC restore the old tradition, with the torch in Greece and the host of the games is worn around. Also in response to the recent protests for a free Tibet. 'The reality is that this beautiful symbol of hope has become a target of protest. Because of the huge media interest here is ideal for the trip. By restoring the old tradition that you avoid this Olympic symbol is broken'', said the Crown Prince.

Human Rights Situation

About the human rights situation in China, the prince on the eve of the Games Olympsche only say that sport and politics should be kept separate. ,, Sports is always above politics. That is not to say that I am the world see black and white. The Olympic spirit is one of fraternization and it is necessary that athletes from all countries without problems to the Games to travel.''

Willem-Alexander hopes that the Olympics ever again be held in the Netherlands. There alone, and talk about yourself on the international Sports, is good for the sport mentality in our country. It is not just about infrastructure, but also to health. Overweight and inactivity are a growing problem.''

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