Baichung pulls out of Olympic torch relay

Updated: 15 April 2008 12:05 IST

Even as the Olympic torch has started its journey around the world, the protests connecting it with Tibet don't seem to have died down.

New Delhi:

Even as the Olympic torch has started its journey around the world, the protests connecting it with Tibet don't seem to have died down.

Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia has decided to drop out of the torch relay in India to show his solidarity with the Tibetan protests.

He faxed his decision to the Indian Olympic Association on Monday after he had been chosen to carry the torch when it arrives in New Delhi on April 17.

"I sympathize with the Tibetan cause. I have many friends in Sikkim who follow Buddhism. This is my way of standing by the people of Tibet and their struggle. I abhor violence in any form," Bhutia told a national daily.

Baichung who is a Buddhist has empathised with the sentiments of the Tibetan people and has asserted that he was not forced by any group to pull out.

Topics : Football
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