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IOA calls meeting to discuss Dow Olympic sponsorship row

With growing resentment in India over Dow Chemicals association with the London Olympics, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has convened a meeting on Friday to discuss the issue following International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Jacques Rogge's suggestion that they should enter into a dialogue with the athletes.

Although the IOA has made it clear that there was no question of India boycotting the Games, the meeting of the top brass assumes importance in the light of Rogge's statement as well as the public outrage.

 IOA calls meeting to discuss Dow Olympic sponsorship row

CEO of Dow Chemical Liveris, President of the IOC Rogge and Chairman of the IOC Marketing Commission Heiberg attend a news conference in New York City. Reuters

"A meeting has been called on December 9 to discuss issues related to this problem. The IOA's general body and the Executive Board will meet on December 15," IOA Vice-President Tarlochan Singh said.

Tarlochan said all the issues related to Dow Chemicals sponsorship and the resentment it has created will be taken into account by the members before taking a final decision.

"The matter has to be thoroughly discussed, we can't take a decision on our own. The sentiments of the people of Bhopal are also important," he said.

He said the IOA is aware of Rogge's comments and would discuss his suggestion in the meeting.


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Updated Date: Dec 07, 2011 15:41:03 IST