Indian athletes now push for Olympics boycott


3:30 pm - February 3rd 2012

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Prominent Paralympian and Para-athletes join Bhopal campaigners yesterday to protest Dow Chemical’s sponsorship of London Olympics 2012.

The athletes gathered in New Delhi to highlight the growing opposition to Dow’s sponsorship of the Olympics and called on the Indian government to boycott the event unless Dow was dropped as a sponsor.

Athens 2004 Paralympian Girraj Singh said: “The Indian Olympics Association and Sports Ministry of India should show much stronger protests against this sponsorship.”

Another participant at the press conference was 17 year old Sachin, who lives in one of the water contaminated communities behind the Union Carbide factory and who has lost both legs as a result of drinking contaminated Bhopal water.

He said:

Dow Chemical is responsible for the contamination of ground water in my community. Because of Dow Chemical’s refusal to clean up the hazardous waste left by the Union Carbide factory, 40,000 people are routinely exposed to cancers and birth defect causing chemicals. By allowing Dow Chemical as a sponsor Lord Coe is encouraging Dow to continue to poison the unborn.

There are now two campaigns that activists are pursuing with the site Change.org.

The first campaign, started by British nurse Lorraine Close, calls on London organisers to drop Dow as a sponsor. It has more than 18,500 signatures.

The second campaign, recently started by ex-Olympian Jalaluddin Rizvi, calls on the Indian Government to boycott the Olympics.

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