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Finnish PM says no to boycott of Beijing Olympic Games
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11:22, April 20, 2008

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Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen said he would not boycott the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games in August, Finnish broadcasting company YLE reported Saturday.

Finland has a policy of keeping politics and sports separate, Vanhanen said in an interview on the YLE's Saturday morning political discussion program.

The Board of the Finnish Olympic Committee on Thursday added five more athletes to the Finnish team to the Beijing Olympics, raising the total number to 20.

Finland's famous javelin thrower Tero Pitkamaki and tennis player Jarkko Nieminen were selected to take part in the sports event.

Meanwhile, about 10,000 quota tickets to the Beijing Olympics were already sold in Finland, but sport-loving Finns still tried to get more tickets for the games, the YLE reported Wednesday.


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