Bibles Allowed in China Olympic Village

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Denver (AP) The International Olympic Committee Says bibles will be allowed at the Olympic Village in Beijing next year, rebuffing Internet rumors that Communist China would ban them.

Colorado Springs based U.S. Olympic Committee officials yesterday contacted the IOC in response to a story posted on the Catholic News Agency web site that cited a list of prohibited items that reportedly included bibles.

That story said the Italian Daily, La Gazzetta Dello Sport, reported that organizers cited “security reasons'' for prohibiting athletes from carrying any kind of religious symbol at Olympic facilities. Those reports and others were producing active blog discussions on several web sites.

USOC officials say the Beijing organizing committee never considered any ban on bibles.

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