Sad if India boycotts London Olympics: Cameron

Sad if India boycotts London Olympics: Cameron

Sad if India boycotts London Olympics: Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he would be "very sad" if India boycotted the London Olympics following the row over sponsorship of the event by Dow Chemicals, linked to the Bhopal Gas tragedy of 1984.

However, Cameron dubbed Dow Chemicals as a "reputable company" and said he did not want to see the Olympics used for industrial or political purposes.

"It would be a very sad day," he told Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate programme on CNN-IBN when asked about a possible boycott by India of the London Olympics.

Cameron said he felt "huge sympathy" for those injured and killed in the Bhopal gas disaster but insisted that boycotting the Olympics was not the "right action".

"By all means, take up the issue with the International Olympics Committee (IOC) but a boycott will not be the right action. I will be very sad for Indian athletes, sad for India, Britain, off course. I will be desperately sad. But I cannot tell people to come. I have fulfilled all my responsibilities. I hope the Indian athletes will come," he said.

Cameron said his responsibilities were to make sure that the Olympics were properly staged and to ensure that all the athletes feel welcome.

He said Britain and India were "old friends and old partners" and British athletes had enjoyed participating in the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi.

"Obviously, people have a difficulty with individual Olympics sponsors. I don't happen to share that view in the way you put it. People who do (have a problem) may take it up with the IOC and they have to make their own decisions," he said.