IOC spurns call to drop Dow as Olympic sponsor

IOC spurns call to drop Dow as Olympic sponsor

Reaffirming its stand, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday rejected Indian government’s calls to drop Dow Chemical as sponsor of the London Games.

The demand was made because of the Union Carbide’s links to the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy. Dow is the current owner of the Carbide.

In a letter addressed to Rahul Bhatnagar, Joint Secretary in the Sports Ministry, the IOC said that while it appreciated the Indian Government’s concern for the victims of the tragedy, Dow Chemicals neither owned or operated the plant at the time of the Bhopal gas leak disaster.

The letter was written by Pere Miro, Director, NOC Relations, IOC in response to a communication sent by Bhatnagar to IOC president Jacques Rogge.

“I am writing to you in reference to your letter dated February 24, 2012, concerning the IOC’s and LOCOG’s partnerships with Dow. The IOC recognises that the Bhopal tragedy in 1984 was a horrific event for India and the world. The Olympic Movement sympathises with the grief of the victims’ families, and regrets the ongoing suffering people face in the region,” the letter said.

“The IOC has taken on board the opinions raised by different groups you mention in your letter, but let us assure you we only enter into partnerships with organisations that we believe work in accordance with the values of the Olympic Movement,” the letter said.

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