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London Olympic Games chief is comfortable with chemical sponsor

Victims of the accident, as well as former Indian Olympians and officials, have been pressuring Olympic organisers to drop Dow as a sponsor.

BEIJING // The chairman of London's 2012 Olympic organising committee said he is comfortable with Dow Chemical's sponsorship despite criticism over its involvement.

The US-based company is linked to a 1984 gas leak in Bhopal, India, that killed 15,000 people.

At the time, the plant was run by Union Carbide. Dow bought Union Carbide in 2001 and said legal claims from the disaster have been resolved.

Victims of the accident, as well as former Indian Olympians and officials, have been pressuring Olympic organisers to drop Dow as a sponsor.

In Beijing on Sunday, Lord Sebastian Coe, the head of the London organising committee, noted that Dow did not own the plant in 1984 or in 1989, when a final settlement was reached.

Mr Coe was in Beijing for an International Paralympic Committee meeting.