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SBD Global/March 4, 2014/Olympics
U.K. Ministers To Boycott Sochi Paralympics In Response To Ukrainian Conflict
Published March 4, 2014
NO ATHLETE BOYCOTT: The BBC reported athletes "are not planning to boycott the Sochi Winter Paralympics in Russia despite rising tension in the region." Athletes from 45 nations are due to arrive in the city for Friday's Opening Ceremony. The majority of British athletes "are expected to have flown in by later on Monday, without advice not to compete." Int'l Paralympic Committee spokesperson Craig Spence said, "All the countries are happy to come here." Prince Edward, patron of the British Paralympic Association, "will not attend on government advice" (BBC, 3/3).