SILVERSTONE, England — A dispute about an Olympic boycott went on behind the scenes on Thursday, even as some of the athletes in the 100m individual medley, a likely target of a boycott, celebrated their Olympic debut.
The International Olympic Committee chairman, Thomas Bach, met members of the IOC’s executive board in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Thursday to discuss preparations for the games, which start in 10 days. The controversy, over China’s treatment of the Tibetan people, followed a report by Reuters about the unwillingness of some members of the IOC to comment on the issue. The report, which said 15 of the 47 IOC members would not talk to the news agency, raised questions about the committee’s neutrality as China grows in power. Many IOC members, including those not named in the story, responded that their silence on the issue was a matter of conscience. But their refusal to speak pushed the story wide. (Notably, there was a spokesman for the IOC, who sent out the Reuters story, then, who described it as erroneous and added that no member would be speaking with Reuters.)
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