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ULFA withdraws National Games boycott

February 05, 2007 16:39 IST

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The United Liberation Front of Assam has withdrawn its boycott call of the 33rd National Games starting in Guwahati from February 9, the banned group's chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa announced on Monday.

The boycott is being lifted following appeals by eminent sports persons and sports lovers of Assam, Rajkhowa said in a statement that was e-mailed to the media.

"Assam's pride -- (Arjuna awardees) Bhogeswar Barua, Monalisa Barua, Taibun Nissa, Babul Barua, Gilbertson Sangma along with countless sports lovers had appealed us to lift our boycott call," he said, adding, "As these sports persons are unblemished and not connected with any occupational forces or involved in colonial domination activities in Assam, we have respected their appeal."

Rajkhowa, however, warned that after the Games, no events organised by the government will be allowed to be held till the decades-long conflict is resolved politically.

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