Delhi: British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he would be "very
sad" if India boycotted the London Olympics following the row over
sponsorship of the event by Dow Chemicals, linked to the Bhopal Gas
tragedy of 1984.
However, Cameron dubbed Dow Chemicals as a "reputable company" and said he
did not want to see the Olympics used for industrial or political
"It would be a very sad day," he told a private news channel when asked
about a possible boycott by India of the London Olympics.
Cameron said he felt "huge sympathy" for those injured and killed in the
Bhopal gas disaster but insisted boycotting the Olympics is not the "right
"By all means, take up the issue with the International Olympics Committee
(IOC) but a boycott will not be the right action. I will be very sad for
Indian athletes, sad for India, Britain, of course. I will be desperately
sad. But I cannot tell people to come. I have fulfilled all my
responsibilities. I hope the Indian athletes will come," he said.
Cameron said his responsibilities are to make sure that the Olympics are
properly staged and to ensure that all the athletes feel welcome.
He said Britain and India are "old friends and old partners" and British
athletes had enjoyed participating in the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in
"Obviously, people have a difficulty with individual Olympics sponsors. I
don't happen to share that view in the way you put it. People who do (have
a problem) may take it up with the IOC and they have to make their own
decisions," he said.