Remove Dow Chemical as sponsor: Malhotra

New Delhi: Vijay Kumar Malhotra, acting President Indian Olympic Association wrote another letter to IOC president Jacques Rogge as they have got no response the IOC for the request of removing Dow Chemical as sponsor of the upcoming event.


”There is no need to carry this Toxic Legacy”, Malhotra said in a statement here.


The copy of the letter has also been sent to the London Games organizing committee chief Sebastian Coe, he said that there is a growing world opinion against this sponsorship and the resignation of Ms Meredith  Alexander  from the Games Ethics committee-is vindication of IOA’s principle stand.


“In my earlier letter I had said  that Dow has bought Union Carbide, whose plant was responsible for gas tragedy that took place in Bhopal in 1984,killing and  disabling thousands in one of worst Industrial  disaster in recent history”, Malhotra wrote.


He added “I am sure that you are well aware of the growing opposition to this sponsorship world over with, NGO’s, intellectuals like Noam Chomsky, Members of British Parliament and civil society openly coming out against it.”


“Now the resignation of Ms Meredith Alexander from the Games Ethics Committee-the Commission for Sustainable London 2012- has vindicated IOA’s stand of opposing Dow’s Sponsorship”, Malhotra wrote.
At the end he wrote that “on behalf of the IOA I again urge you to take steps to remove Dow as sponsor and settle the matter as early as possible.”



By Indian Sports News