16 Apr '12, 8am

Olympic sponsorship scandal rolls on Maybe athletes should do the decent thing & pull out until dodgy sponsors removed?

Three of the London Olympics’ biggest sponsors are being targeted by campaigners ahead of the games over their poor environmental and human rights records. As the Ecologist reported last year there are fears London’s lucrative sponsorship deals with BP, Rio Tinto and Dow Chemicals are tainting the ‘Olympic spirit’. Now a new campaign is highlighting the allegedly ‘unethical’ behaviour of all three sponsors and asking the public to vote for its worst. ‘The Olympics are meant to be about so much more than how fast Usain Bolt can run or how many medals Britain's finest athletes score,’ says Meredith Alexander, who resigned as the Olympics ethics tsar over the sponsorship deals. ‘The Olympics is big business. There is an expensive machine behind the Games that is funded by corporate sponsors. Sadly when these sponsors are selected, money talks much more loudly than values.’ Of...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1304084/bp...

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