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January 20, 1988

Nicaragua will not participate in the Olympics at Seoul, South Korea, partly because of the war between the government and U.S.-supported Contras, the president of the Nicaraguan Olympic Committee said.

Moises Hassan, who also is mayor of Managua, told the Associated Press that Nicaragua will not send athletes to the Summer Games because "our youth is in the war and does not have time to be transferred entirely over to sports." Hassan added that "we have not reached minimum (sports) standards that are necessary to participate" in the Olympics.

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia joined Cuba as one of the few nations planning to support a boycott the Seoul Games.

The Ethiopian Olympic Committee announced that its athletes would not take part because North Korea was not being allowed to co-host the event with South Korea.

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