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Olympic committee rejects punishment of future boycotts

The International Olympic Committee rejected a proposal Sunday to punish countries that boycott future Olympic Games and told the 160 national Olympic committees it was their responsibility to ensure full participation.

The 88-member IOC was convened in its first extraordinary session to consider possible sanctions against boycotting countries. With hints of a Soviet-bloc boycott of the next summer games, to be held in Seoul, South Korea, the nine-member IOC Executive Board had proposed that countries joining any future boycott be barred from at least two subsequent Olympics.

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The last three summer games have been marred by boycotts, including the US-led boycott of Moscow's 1980 games and the Soviet-bloc boycott of last summer's games in Los Angeles.

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