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Olympic wrestlingIf you have been to the daily Olympic press briefing by Games organisers you’d think there was a war on around the venues and not a well-run Olympic Games, packed with memorable moments.

While the Games, on a sporting level, have been a smooth operation so far, with records set and ecstatic crowds, inside the press conference room it is a different story.

These 45-minute daily scraps are dominated by questions on human rights, explosions, fake opening ceremonies and banned protests. No sports question ever makes the cut.

Heated exchanges between reporters and International Olympic Committee officials and Beijing Games spokesmen have raised the profile of what at past Games was a dull progress report of operations.