Friday, March 21, 2008
Boycotting Olympics would be unfair to us, athletes say
Jeff Lee and Gary Kingston, Vancouver Sun; with files from Canwest News Service
Published: Thursday, March 20, 2008
Canadian athletes past and present say boycotting any part of the Beijing Olympic Games in response to China's crackdown on protesters in Tibet would be a huge mistake.
A day after European politicians mused about boycotting the opening ceremonies of the Games, athletes, Vancouver's mayor and 2010 organizers argued against any boycott of either the ceremonies or the sporting events.
Charmaine Crooks, a member of the Vancouver Organizing Committee's board of directors, said she has never gotten over being excluded from the 1980 Moscow Games when Canada joined a U.S.-led boycott. She is now being lobbied by Canadian athletes who want her to do what she can to prevent another Olympic boycott.
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