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Bhopal update 12-08-11 media

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 396636
Date 2011-12-08 18:39:55
Scot, Tomm,

Reuters reported India's first athlete to qualify for the London Olympics,
marksman Gagan Narang, said Dow's Olympics sponsorship is an opportunity
for the company to gain "redemption" and should be allowed. He agreed with
IOC president Rogge that a boycott would only hurt the Indian athletes,
and stated the athletes are to go to the Games as ambassadors for their

Pickups are not extensive, mainly Reuters and Yahoo! outlets - UK &
Ireland, Africa, Singapore, SBS, World News Australia, Eurosport, Yahoo!
Sports, and Yahoo! Xtra blogs.

SportzPower reported the IOA plans to meet on Friday to discuss "all the
issues" of Dow's Olympic sponsorship, and Rogge's recommendation to that

This is the only media to confirm the Dec. 9 meeting reported by PTI
earlier this week. SportzPower said the IOA "has gone on a back foot" as
its secretary general Raja Randhir Singh is in Switzerland meeting with
the IOC, and acting president V K Malhotra "remaining silent," so vice
president Tarlochan Singh has apparently taken the lead on the "crisis."
The article described the week's developments from Indian agencies and the
IOC, and ended with "Last learnt, the IOA will stick to its position on
Indian participating in London Games, but the athletes in the committee,
many of whom are from Bhopal, will not accept that."

PTI reported Indian tennis player Sania Mirza said she would follow the
government's instructions on the issue of a boycott: "As athletes we will
go with what the country decides." Picked up by MSN India, Pioneer,
Siaset, Rediff, Express India, Sify, and I4U, a Delaware-based media

Bhopal Central Chronicle reported on the "other" petition that
was addressed to the IOA and intended for athletes to sign. The item has
gathered 900 signatures of 1,000 targeted. The Chronicle reporter claimed
the petition surpassing 750 signatures made it a significant pressure on
the IOA going into the Dec. 15 meeting.

UK local media North West Times published a lengthy letter to the editor
criticizing Lord Coe for the Dow sponsorship and claiming it would result
in "big protests and disrupt the Games," with the possibility of "bringing
Wembley and other venues to a standstill." The letter encouraged readers
to email the Culture, Media and Sport commission "asking for the decision
to be reversed," and to sign Lorraine Close's petition. No name
was provided, full text is available on request.

Indian Express reported on Rachna Dhingra stating the ICJB will do
everything it can to hold a "Bhopal Olympics" with children from Bhopal,
Vietnam, Nicaragua "and other countries."

Sri Lanka Guardian posted a commentary about Dow risking its reputation
and good will over the Olympics sponsorship. This included a description
of DAS India being blacklisted.

Times of India reported Bhopal residents of the Jehangirabad and Aishbagh
locales are complaining of being harassed by police and questioned about
the rail roko violence on Dec. 3. The Communist Party of India (Marxist)
may hold a demonstration to protest the "alleged police excesses" on Dec.

Times of India also reported on the MP Human Rights Commission calling for
an explanation from the Bhopal district collector and the senior police
superintendant about Saturday's violence. A dozen questions posed by the
HRC regarding details of the incident were included in the article.

PANNA issued a press release announcing Permanent People's Tribunal found
the "Big 6" agrichemical companies "guilty" of human rights violations.
PANNA co-director Kathryn Gilje described the event, and the press piece
listed several of the individuals who testified and each ones' topic.

The print editions had six instances of the PTI story announcing the
IOA's intent to discuss Dow's Olympic sponsorship at the next IOA
meeting. All were in the Sports sections:

Hindustan Times - New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chandigarh, all on p 15
or 16, all located below the fold on the right hand side

Times of India's Mumbai edition had "snapshot" version of the article on p
25 in the top right corner

Asian Age's New Delhi edition had the "brief" version in the top left

Times of India's Mumbai edition also included the two point-counterpoint
editorials on the sponsorship that were reported on Wednesday.

Ann Sigsby

Senior Analyst

Allis Information Management


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