'Don't mention the Falklands', Argentina tells Olympic team

Jun 27, 2012

Olympic gossip: 'They're waiting for us to do something stupid' says Kirchner, BBC TV battle

ARGENTINE president Cristina Kirchner has warned athletes travelling to London not to inflame the row with Britain over the Falkland Islands during the Olympic Games. "They are waiting for us to do something stupid, but we're not stupid," she said during a send off for competitors. But she also defended a controversial Olympic themed ad that was shown in Argentina and which claimed the Falklands were "Argentine soil" says the Daily Mail.

The London Olympics will be shown on the BBC, but the corporation faces a fight to hold onto the broadcasting rights after 2012 according to IOC president Jacques Rogge. The tender process for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi and the 2016 Olympics in Rio has now begun, and Rogge said "everything is possible", according to The Guardian. Pay-TV companies will be able to bid on the assumption that free-to-air legislation will be changed.

Laura Robson has been offered a wild card to compete in the women's tennis doubles with Heather Watson during the Olympic Games. Hours before her selection, she had been "the picture of gloom", according to The Daily Telegraph, after suffering a first-round defeat at Wimbledon. Robson knew nothing of her  Olympic selection until late on Monday. Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong, who both made the second round at SW19 will compete in the ladies singles. Andy Murray is the sole British male in the men's singles.

Hope Powell, Team GB coach and England manager since 1998, has defended her decision to include only two non-English players in her London 2012 football squad. Powell insists that the lack of players from Wales and Northern Ireland was purely based on "picking the best squad of players", said the Daily Mail. Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt said Powell had been "given free rein" in her selections. The two non-English players are Scots Kim Little and Ifeoma Dieke.

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned of "serious congestion" in London during the Games caused by 1 million extra visitors, reports The Daily Telegraph. Places where free events are being held, such as Hyde Park, are unlikely to be able to absorb the crowds he says. But he added that people should still try to get out an experience London during the Games. Anyone held up at immigration at Heathrow will be able to watch the games on screens in the arrivals hall, adds the paper.

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