November 8, 2007 in Nation/World

Olympic Bible ban rumor scuttled

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review

DENVER – The U.S. Olympic Committee received confirmation from Olympic officials Wednesday that there will be no restrictions on Bibles being brought into the Olympic village in Beijing next year.

The USOC contacted the International Olympic Committee about the issue in response to a story posted on the Catholic News Agency Web site citing a list of prohibited items that was reported to include Bibles.

That story said the Italian daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport, reported that organizers cited “security reasons” for prohibiting athletes from carrying any kind of religious symbol at Olympic facilities.

USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel said the federation contacted the IOC about the news reports and that said the Beijing Organizing Committee never considered any ban on Bibles.

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