More countries oppose Olympic boycott

April 3rd, 2008 - 4:09 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Gordon Brown
(Olympics Boycott Issue)
Xinhua
Beijing, April 3 (Xinhua) British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said that the Olympics are an important sporting occasion and is of great significance to the world. He confirmed he will represent Britain at Beijing and will be present at the welcoming ceremony when the flame arrives in London Sunday. Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said his government opposes a boycott of the Games and that representatives of Denmark’s royal family and government will attend the event in August. “Sports must not be confused with politics,” he said, adding that Denmark should send official delegates to Beijing in support of its athletes’ participation in the Olympics.

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IOC against any kind of Games boycott

Beijing: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is against any kind of boycott of the Beijing Games, senior IOC members said here. “We don’t support any form of boycotts. The IOC, the National Olympic Committees, the international federations, the organising committee will move forward to deliver these games,” Kevan Gosper said.

There were increased calls recently for a boycott of Beijing, but Gosper said that the IOC had not received any formal letter of withdrawal and he was confident that all countries would take part in the Aug 8-24 extravaganza. “Boycott only hurts the athletes. We are confident the games will go ahead and none of the NOCs (national Olympic committees) will not pull out,” he said.
Xinhua

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