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No boycott of Olympics: IOA acting chief

After repeated attempts by the Indian Olympic Association failed to move the International Olympic Committee on the issue of Dow being a sponsor at the London Games, the Indian government got in on the act on Monday.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2012 00:44 IST
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After repeated attempts by the Indian Olympic Association failed to move the International Olympic Committee on the issue of Dow being a sponsor at the London Games, the Indian government got in on the act on Monday.

A ‘strongly-worded letter’ was sent to the IOC by the sports ministry asking to remove the company linked to India’s worst industrial disaster, the Bhopal Tragedy, due to their purchasing of Union Carbide in 1999.

However, IOA acting-president VK Malhotra, said, “We will not boycott the Games but we will decide how to take part under protest.” He then added, “Why sports is being targeted when Dow has interests in other fields too? If that is the case, then Dow should not be allowed to sign any other deals within the country either.”