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Tweet away, IOC tells London Games athletes

india Updated: Jun 29, 2011 01:27 IST

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Athletes at next year's London Olympics can blog and post comments on Twitter as long as it is not done for commercial purposes, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said. But any found posting x-rated content could be booted from the Games, it warned.

In guidelines released by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) on Monday, the IOC "actively encourages and supports athletes ... to take part in 'social media' and to post, blog and tweet their experiences".

Bloggers and tweeters must, however, restrict themselves to "first-person, diary-type formats", must not report on events in the manner of journalists and must ensure their posts do not contain "vulgar or obscene words or images".

Dozens of athletes blogged during the Beijing Games in 2008, when Twitter was still a reasonably new phenomena.http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/250611/29_06_11_pg24b.jpg