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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.

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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