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August 8, 2011 / PTI, London / DC.
As the year-long countdown begins for the 2012 London Olympics, organisers here have been hit by the first major controversy around the mega sporting event with activists of Bhopal gas disaster planning protests against Dow Chemical Company being one of the official sponsors.
A fabric wrap
London Olympics chief Sebastian Coe and London mayor Boris Johnson have enthusiastically welcomed Dow Jones, but campaigners seeking justice for Bhopal gas victims are up in arms.
Dow Chemical bought Union Carbide Corporation in 2001.
A spokesman of the London 2012 organising committee told the Press Trust of India today: "It is a matter of record that the plant at the time of this human tragedy was not owned by Dow Chemical.
Dow was appointed as the supplier of the wrap following a rigorous procurement process. All of our suppliers must work within our own sustainable sourcing code and reflect our values and sustainability requirements."
Dow Chemicals' controversial sponsorship has already made news in the British news media.
'Awful legacies of the past'
As part of the sponsorship, Dow Chemical will produce a fabric 'wrap' around the main stadium. It is supposed to be 'sustainable' with resins made by Dow's Performance Plastics Division. It is also said to be 35 per cent lighter and have a lower carbon footprint compared with conventional materials.
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