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Old 07-30-2012, 09:34 AM   #35
InvisibleSoul
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Originally Posted by Thud and blunder View Post
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_medal_table

The Olympic Charter, Chapter 1, section 6 states that:
“The Olympic Games are competitions between athletes in individual or team events and not between countries …”

End of story.
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From that, basically it means that the participants are representing their country, but are playing for themselves, and thus, it is appropriate to call them by their names and not by the country they represent.
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