Argentina thinks they can try and use the Olympics to push their bizarre claims for the Falklands. They can try but I think they would find themselves incredibly isolated as the Poms give them the bum’s rush:
The Olympics could become a platform for an Argentine protest over the Falkland Islands, it has been claimed.
The government has sought reassurance from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after receiving intelligence that the country may attempt to use the Games to highlight an Argentine campaign for sovereignty over the islands.
It is feared that athletes from the country could put on a black power-style protest, similar to the one staged by two African-American medal winners at the 1968 Mexico City Games.
Tommie Smith, who came first in the 200m men’s final, and John Carlos, who took bronze, raised their fists and wore black gloves while receiving their medals.
They wore only black socks on their feet to highlight poverty.
British government ministers fear that a possible demonstration in this summer’s Games would be seen worldwide, and create further tensions between the two countries.
About 140 Argentine athletes are due to compete in Games this year, taking part in 28 events.
A senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) source told The Sunday Times: “We are concerned that Argentina will use the Olympics as an opportunity for protests about the Falklands and have been looking into what we can do.
“They seem determined to push their case at every opportunity.”
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