Bhaichung refuses to join Olympic torch relay

March 31st, 2008 - 9:34 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) To express solidarity with the Tibetan struggle for freedom, India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia has declined to be a part of the 2008 Beijing Olympics torch relay in India. “I got an invitation from the Indian Olympic Association a couple of weeks ago to join the Olympic torch relay, but I turned it down as I want to express my solidarity with the Tibetans’ struggle,” Bhaichung, a Buddhist, told IANS Monday.

The torch, which reached Beijing Monday, is scheduled to arrive in India April 17, and the Tibetans have threatened a protest march that day.

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