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London Olympics continues its war on knitting: Raveley Olympics banned

WHAT has the International Olympic Committee and it’s acolytes got against knitting? After LOCOG upset the Woolsack knitters and squealed out of an official Olympic scheme to knit 14,000 woolly cushion covers, news reaches us from the USA that the U.S. Olympic Committee has banned the Raveley knitting circle from staging its “Olympics”, the “Ravelympics”.

The USOC’s general counsel wrote a snotty letter to Ravelry:

The athletes of Team USA have usually spent the better part of their entire lives training for the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games and represent their country in a sport that means everything to them.  For many, the Olympics represent the pinnacle of their sporting career.  Over more than a century, the Olympic Games have brought athletes around the world together to compete at the Olympic Games and represent their country in a sport that means everything to them.

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We believe using the name “Ravelympics” for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games.  In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country’s finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work.

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Posted: 21st, June 2012 | In: Sports | Comments (13)