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Only World War Can Stop Winter Games, IOC Official Says
By Steve Keating
GENEVA (Reuters) - Nothing short of a World War would prevent the Salt Lake City Winter Games from being staged, International Olympic Committee (news - web sites) (IOC) director general Francois Carrard said on Tuesday.
Carrard's comments counter those made by Norwegian IOC member Gerhard Heiberg in the Aftenposten on Tuesday. Heiberg cast doubts on next year's Games proceeding if the United States is formally at war.
``The point is everyone is planning for the Games to be held, there is no plan B,'' Carrard told Reuters on Tuesday.
``If there was something like World War Three, with no traveling, no planes flying, a real full scale war, then we would have to see what happens,'' he said.
``There are no discussions to cancel the Games. If anything it is the exact opposite. Since the September 11 attacks we have had a wave of support. Everyone believes it is more necessary than ever for the Games to go ahead.''
Carrard travels to Salt Lake City for a co-ordination commission meeting next Monday to Wednesday.
``What Mr. Heiberg was probably referring to was that if there is a war -- and I'm not saying this is war -- the IOC is entitled to withdraw the Games. There is such a clause in the host city contract.
``But that is not the situation, there is absolutely no discussion or plan to cancel the Games.
``We have been in contact with the Salt Lake City organizer every day for the past couple of weeks, but Mr. Heiberg and the other members of the co-ordination commission might not be right up to date on the situation,'' he said.
Heiberg said the IOC's co-ordination committee would discuss whether the U.S.-led strikes on Afghanistan (news - web sites) should be defined as an armed conflict, a military operation, a fight against terrorism or war, when it meets next week.
``A country at war cannot organize the Olympics,'' Heiberg told the Aftenposten.
``According to the plan, the Olympics are going ahead on February 8...but the question of war and where to set the limit will be on the agenda for the co-ordination committee in a few days,'' Heiberg said.
The Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place from February 8-24