According to articles in a number of British newspapers today, the Foreign Office has received intelligence that Argentina may attempt to use the Olympic Games to promote their dubious claims to the Falkland Islands.
The British Foreign Office has sought assurances from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which has offered reassurances that the Olympics are purely for sport and that no political gesture will be tolerated. There are some 140 Argentine athletes attending the Games in London next month, and their official kit is already rumoured to have a reference to the British archipelago sown onto it.
Earlier in the year the IOC warned Argentina about its behaviour when a short video was produced featuring a member of their Olympic Hockey team exercising ona War Memorial situated in the Falklands, which are called the Malvinas in Argentina. Fernando Zylberberg has since been dropped from the team.
A spokesman from Foreign Office said; “The athletes will not be able to wear Malvinas T-shirts, but we can’t stop everything, particularly what goes on outside the stadium,” referring to a suggestion that demonstrators may be headed to London.
Argentina is inclined to make gestures at every available opportunity following instruction from the President, Cristina Fernandez, that the issue should be raised at every forum. The Falklands have been claimed by Britain since 1765. Argentina did not exist as a nation until 1816.