“As far as participation of our athletes are concerned, we have not yet thought of pulling them out of the London Games. We are monitoring the issue and we have lodged our protest with the IOC on Dow's sponsorship bearing in mind the sentiments of the Bhopal gas victims,” said Maken.
“Our athletes are preparing hard for the Olympics and we do not want to distract them,” he added.
Clarifying the Ministry's stand on Dow's sponsorship in London Olympics, Maken said, “We have sent three letters to the IOA on December 5, 13 and 14 on the Dow Chemicals issue and we have all the copies of the letters in our office.”
The Minister also revealed that when the government took up the Dow issue with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), it was pointed out to them that Indian Olympic Association had not raised any objection when the sponsorship was finalised in July 2010 and also that the IOA itself was associated with the company during the Commonwealth Delhi Games 2010.
“During our meeting through diplomatic channels, LOCOG raised two key objections to our concerns with the Dow issue. Firstly, they asked ‘why the IOA had not raised the Dow issue when the agreement was finalised in July 2010', and secondly, they asked ‘how could the IOA object when it had done business with the company during the 2010 CWG?', said Maken.