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Sports U.S. figure skating execs warn against American boycott of Olympics

14:52  04 january  2018
14:52  04 january  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Two executives for U . S . Figure Skating warned against any potential American boycott of the Olympics in Pyeongchang. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, above, threatened an American boycott of the Olympics if North Korea is allowed to attend.

Two executives for U . S . Figure Skating warned against any potential boycott of the Pyeongchang Olympics by the United States.

Two executives for U.S. Figure Skating warned against any potential American boycott of the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

USFS President Sam Auxier, asked Wednesday about Sen. Lindsey Graham's comments that North Korea competing in next month's games should prompt a U.S. team boycott, said Graham and others "need to be careful" about the American team not participating. Auxier added, "They shouldn't be playing politics with this."

Added USFS executive director David Raith about political intervention in the Olympic process: "It doesn't help anybody. We'll be there."

USOC spokesman Mark Jones, reiterating the governing body's long-held position, said: "We intend to bring full delegations to the Olympic and Paralympic Games."

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Two executives for U . S . Figure Skating warned against any potential boycott of the Pyeongchang Olympics by the United States. Lindsey Graham's comments that North Korea competing in next month's games should prompt a U . S . team boycott , said Graham and others "need to be careful"

Two executives for U . S . Figure Skating warned against any doable American boycott of the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Added USFS govt director David Raith about political intervention within the Olympic procedure: “It doesn’t help anybody.

Opposes North Korean participation

On Monday, Graham said the United States now has a reason to stay away from the Olympics, which begin on Feb. 9.

"Allowing Kim Jong Un's North Korea to participate in [the] Winter Olympics would give legitimacy to the most illegitimate regime on the planet," the South Carolina Republican tweeted. "I'm confident South Korea will reject this absurd overture and fully believe that if North Korea goes to the Winter Olympics, we do not."

U.S. figure skating execs warn against American boycott of Olympics© Win McNamee/Getty Images U.S. figure skating execs warn against American boycott of Olympics

The last thing American figure skaters want is to be drawn into any such debate as their national championships, which serve as the Olympic Trials, began Wednesday. The athletes tend to shy away from the topic, trying to avoid the distraction.

Auxier and Raith met it head on, however, expressing both concerns about political interference and confidence their athletes want to attend the Pyeonchang Games.

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