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100 days to go: government comments on Syrian involvement in the Olympics

We don't intend to punish the athletes for the sins committed by their rulers and we think that sport should go beyond politics.

Britain has a view on human rights that is different from many countries across the world but I think the power of an event, such as the event we're having this summer where 204 countries come together in friendship, is actually one of the best engines for change.

– Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

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