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London 2012 Games: Argentine president issues Falklands warning to London athletes

Argentine president issues Falklands warning to London athletes

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UPDATED:

07:55 GMT, 27 June 2012

President Cristina Fernandez has cautioned Argentine athletes travelling to the London Olympics about doing anything provocative in Britain, which is engaged in a renewed dispute with Argentina over the Falkland Islands.

As Fernandez was giving some athletes a send off on Tuesday, she also defended a TV ad that ran two months ago on state-run television linking the London Olympics to the Falklands dispute.

The International Olympic Committee immediately denounced the ad and warned Argentina about using the games as a political platform.

Nothing to chance: President Cristina Fernandez checks a team jacket at a reception for the Argentine Olympic team

Nothing to chance: President Cristina Fernandez checks a team jacket at a reception for the Argentine Olympic team

'We will show with pride, with honour, that we are Argentines,' Fernandez said.

'We don't need to do anything that conflicts with sports norms to show our rights.'

Fernandez has intensified a campaign to pressure Britain into sovereignty talks, which it has pushed in every international forum.

Argentines insist Britain has illegally occupied the South Atlantic islands since 1833. Britain accuses Buenos Aires of ignoring the wishes of the island's population of about 3,000 people, most of who have said they want to remain British.

'They (British) are waiting for us to do something stupid, but we're not stupid,' Fernandez said.

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Fernandez called the controversial TV advertisement 'divine.'

'No matter who was bothered by it, to me it was creative, important,' she said.

An Argentine legislator had suggested that athletes wear a logo on
their Olympic uniforms that would carry the message 'Las Malvinas son
Argentinas' (The Falklands are Argentine). The proposal failed to gain
traction.

The Argentine
Olympic Committee has promised it will abide by the IOC's rule and not
use the games as a platform for 'political gestures.' It has also
defended the right of freedom of speech for its athletes.

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London 2012 Olympics: IOC president Jacques Rogge criticises athletes who change nationality for money

Plastic Brits rile IOC boss Rogge… but he admits it can't be stopped

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UPDATED:

21:52 GMT, 14 March 2012

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has entered the argument over ‘Plastic Brits’, criticising athletes who change nationality for money.

The debate reached the most powerful man in Olympic sport after Sportsmail shone a light on the influx of foreign-born athletes coming into the British team ahead of London 2012.

In comments that will deflate UK Athletics’ cheerleaders, Rogge said: ‘I understand the fully legitimate reasons like study, work, marriage or family reasons.

Not a fan: President of the IOC Jacques Rogge is against athletes swapping nationalities

Not a fan: President of the IOC Jacques Rogge is against athletes swapping nationalities

‘The issue of the athletes of the poor countries who get absolutely no support you can understand. Maybe you don’t love it but you can understand it.

Then you have athletes where there is support for them but they go to another country because there is a bigger gain to be made. We cannot oppose it because it is a matter of sovereignty but let me tell you frankly we do not love it.’

Rogge’s remarks could be applied to American-born Tiffany Porter, who was appointed British captain for last weekend’s World Indoor Championships.

Flying the flag: American born Tiffany Porter is expected to compete at the Olympics for Great Britain

Flying the flag: American born Tiffany Porter is expected to compete at the Olympics for Great Britain

The 24-year-old has spent her entire life in the United States but changed allegiance on the grounds her mother is British.

Seeking an Olympic place she was unlikely to gain in the US, she first competed for Britain last year and now receives Lottery funding worth up to 70,000 in cash and benefits.

Rogge declined to criticise Porter directly.

Porter is one of about 50 of Team GB’s likely 550 members who have jumped countries since London was chosen as Olympic host city.