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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 09:07 AM
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London Olympics in crisis as India threatens boycott
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Edited on Sat Nov-26-11 09:19 AM by dipsydoodle
Source: The Independent

Indian athletes are threatening to boycott next summer's London Olympics in an extraordinary stand-off with the head of the 2012 Games, Lord Coe, over his controversial sponsorship deal with a chemical company.

Lord Coe is under personal attack for signing the deal with Dow Chemical under fire in India for its ownership of Union Carbide, whose Indian subsidiary was responsible for the Bhopal industrial disaster, one of the world's worst, estimated to have killed up to 25,000 people and injured over half a million.

The former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell, who worked closely with Lord Coe to win the Olympics for London, last night called on the former British Olympian to cancel the deal with Dow before the controversy irreparably damages the standing of the 2012 Games. Ms Jowell told The Independent: "There is a point at which you have to say you cannot take the reputational risk."

Lord Coe has one week to talk the Indian Olympic Association out of a boycott: on 5 December athletes and sports bosses in the world's second-most populous country will meet to vote on walking out of the London Games. Both the British and Indian governments will be asked to intervene to stave off the boycott as international outrage from politicians, athletes and human-rights groups mounts. A boycott by India, which does not boast a history of great Olympic success but has significant business and cultural links to the UK, would be a major embarrassment for Britain.

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  -London Olympics in crisis as India threatens boycott dipsydoodle  Nov-26-11 09:07 AM   #0 
  - Although India may have a legitimate gripe here  skepticscott   Nov-26-11 09:21 AM   #1 
  - Of course the money is in the audience, the viewers, the ads.  Bluenorthwest   Nov-26-11 10:30 AM   #3 
  - The TV rights have already been bought and paid for.  Angleae   Nov-26-11 04:29 PM   #12 
  - That's right. Dead Indians. Not my concern  RufusTFirefly   Nov-26-11 11:38 AM   #4 
  - Jesus H. Christ on a Bicycle. That is NOT what the guy said.  MADem   Nov-26-11 11:54 AM   #6 
  - Name the country which did not engage in an affront to humanity  jberryhill   Nov-26-11 12:08 PM   #7 
     - You seem to be confusing countries and companies  RufusTFirefly   Nov-26-11 12:31 PM   #8 
        - I see, and the Indian Olympic Committee is run by their 99%?  jberryhill   Nov-26-11 02:09 PM   #10 
           - It's not the Indian Olympic Committee. It's a group of Indian athletes.  RufusTFirefly   Nov-26-11 02:51 PM   #11 
              - Ah, well, then it is simple for them - don't go.  jberryhill   Nov-27-11 02:46 PM   #16 
  - +1 Accurate analysis of the salient points. nt  MADem   Nov-26-11 11:52 AM   #5 
  - Yeah, India isn't exactly an olympic powerhouse...  Imajika   Nov-26-11 06:03 PM   #13 
  - Recommend  xchrom   Nov-26-11 09:47 AM   #2 
  - Fantastic news lets hope the rest of the world joins the boycott  fedsron2us   Nov-26-11 01:02 PM   #9 
  - Holy fuck, I never heard about this!  Odin2005   Nov-26-11 06:17 PM   #14 
  - WORLDWIDE GENERAL STRIKE  DeSwiss   Nov-26-11 06:37 PM   #15 
  - If T20 Cricket was an Olympic sport, India would be making  alfredo   Nov-27-11 07:41 PM   #17 
  - That and taking "phone support" calls.  jberryhill   Nov-27-11 11:18 PM   #19 
     - But they are now losing those jobs to the Malay.  alfredo   Nov-27-11 11:24 PM   #20 
        - We ought to just set up call centers in the Amazon  jberryhill   Nov-27-11 11:30 PM   #21 
           - Not until all trees are cut down.  alfredo   Nov-28-11 07:36 AM   #22 
  - I support the boycott, but it's not a crisis. Nations have refused to participate before...  freshwest   Nov-27-11 07:44 PM   #18 

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