Irish rower supports boycott of Olympic ceremony

Irish Olympic rower Gearóid Towey has broken ranks with the Irish squad and said he would support a boycott of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing.

12th April, 2008

Irish Olympic rower Gearóid Towey has broken ranks with the Irish squad and said he would support a boycott of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Towey, who has represented Ireland in two previous Olympics, said boycotting the ceremony was ‘‘the way to go’’ for athletes who felt strongly about China’s presence in Tibet or its human rights record.

‘‘I’m totally against what the...

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