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Southern Indian state cancels Asian Athletics Championships

English.news.cn   2013-02-21 19:09:09            

NEW DELHI, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- The government of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu Thursday said that it will not host the upcoming Asian Athletics Championships as sportspersons from Sri Lanka are participating in the event to be held in this country after a gap of nearly 20 years.

State Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa announced this at a press meet in capital Chennai, a day after she had described the alleged "cold blooded" killing of slain Tamil Tigers' chief V. Prabhakaran 's 12-year-old son Balachandran by Sri Lankan military in custody as a "war crime".

"Sri Lanka's participation would hurt people's sentiments in Tamil Nadu," the Chief Minister said, adding the central government has ignored her request to ban Sri Lanka from participating in the championships slated for July this year. The event was last held in the Indian capital in 1989.

Sri Lanka has denied that its armed forces killed the child in "cold blood" as claimed by Britain's 'Channel 4' in its new documentary which seeks to document the human rights abuses during the final phase of the bloody civil war when the military crushed the Tamil Tigers in May 2009.

Photos released by Channel 4 show the child munching on snacks while in Sri Lankan military custody just hours before he was shot dead. The documentary will be screened next month in Geneva to coincide with a United Nations' Human Rights Council discussion on the country.

Editor: Wang Yuanyuan
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