Olympics wrapping stays in place after resignation

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A controversial fabric wrapping around London’s Olympic Stadium is to stay in place despite the resignation of the member of an ethics body over the link between the Bhopal disaster and Dow Chemical Company which is backing the hi-tech design, the Games organisers have said.

An enraged Meredith Alexander stepped down as a commissioner on the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, whose job is to assure sustainability across the Olympic and Paralympic programme, stating that she no longer wanted “to be party to a defence of Dow Chemicals”.

As many as 15,000 people died and tens of thousands were maimed when poisonous gas leaked from the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, central India, in 1984 in one of the world’s worst industrial disasters.

Dow bought Union Carbide in 2001 and denies responsibility for Carbide’s Bhopal liabilities.

The Olympic Games begin six months today.