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Office of Tibet and Special Olympics respond to Dalai Lama brouhaha

January 25, 2009

Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
January 22nd, 2009
A representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama said his visit to Idaho for the World Winter Games was canceled due to pressure by the Chinese government.
Lobsang Nyandak, the Dalai Lama’s representative in New York said in a prepared statement sent to the Idaho Mountain Express that the Idaho visit had initially been planned with “much hesitation from his advisors.”
The office “anticipated pressure from the Chinese government” and during the Special Olympics World Summer games in Shanghai last year, the pressure on the Dalia Lama mounted. Finally the organizers of the World Winter games in Boise suggested a rescheduled visit but it conflicted with previous plans.
But an official statement from the Special Olympic World Winter Games organizers states, “the invitation was still open when the Dalai Lama unfortunately decided he could not attend.”
Both statements were in response to a letter printed Wednesday, Jan. 21 in the Idaho Mountain Express, from Sara Bronfman, a part-time resident of Sun Valley, regarding the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Her letter said in part that His Holiness the Dalia Lama was “disinvited to this even by no fault of his own.”
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