IOC Unhappy with Argentine Olympic Ad

TV spot inflames Falkland tensions


The International Olympic Committee condemned a television ad produced by the Argentine government that shows an Argentine athlete training in the Falkland Islands. Argentina and the United Kingdom are engaged in a long-running dispute over ownership of the islands, which Argentina lost control of in 1982 at the end of the Falklands War. The ad shows the athlete running near several British landmarks in the capitol city of Stanley, including a pub and war memorial. It ends with the words: “To compete on English ground, we train on Argentine ground.” The IOC has warned Argentina not to use the Olympics as a political platform.

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