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  • Korea Wins Winter Asian Games Complaint


    (ATR) A book South Korea considers objectionable will be removed from the rooms in a hotel where competitors for the Winter Asian Games will stay next month in Sapporo, Japan.

    The Korean Sport and Olympic Committee demanded action over the books, written by the president of the APA Hotel chain. The books are said to deny the history of Japan's forced recruitment of World War II sex slaves and the 1937 Nanjing Massacre. The latter is a divisive issue for China, while Korea still harbors ill will over the abuses inflicted against Korean women, despite an apology from Japan.

    The book is written by Toshio Motoya, president of the APA hotel chain.

    Yonhap News reports that the KSOC contacted Sapporo organizers last week when the existence of the books was discovered.

    President Kee Heung Lee told a meeting of the committee executive Wednesday that he had received notice from Japan that the offending book would be removed.

    The KSOC said the book is against the principles of the Olympic Council of Asia. The OCA Constitution says "No kind of demonstration, political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any OCA games sites, venues or other area, associated with the games."

    The Winter Asiad takes place from Feb 19 to 26 with 2000 athletes from 45 nations in Asia as well as competitors from Australia and New Zealand. Athletes from those two countries will not be eligible for medals.

    Written by Ed Hula.

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