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IOA calls for Dow's removal as 2012 sponsor

A day ahead of the crucial General Body Meeting of the Indian Olympic Association on the controversial Dow Chemicals issue, its acting president VK Malhotra demanded the company to be removed from being one of the sponsors of the 2012 London Games.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2011 00:58 IST

A day ahead of the crucial General Body Meeting of the Indian Olympic Association on the controversial Dow Chemicals issue, its acting president VK Malhotra demanded the company to be removed from being one of the sponsors of the 2012 London Games.

The IOA general body is to meet on Thursday and Friday to take a decision on how to make it be known to the London Olympic organisers the Indian peoples' protests over a

company linked with Union Carbide, which had killed thousands in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.

Malhotra, however, stopped short of calling for an Olympic boycott by India though he had said earlier that the country ill affords to do so.

"Olympics are about love, brotherhood and transparency and this company (Dow) is linked with another which was responsible for killing thousands of Indian people.

"It's unacceptable that such a company is a sponsor in the Olympics. So we will ask the London organisers to remove the company from being a sponsor," Malhotra said.