Argentina Olympics Ad Tweaks Britain on Falklands

It shows athlete training there on 'Argentine soil'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2012 1:28 PM CDT

Argentina isn't afraid to play politics with the Olympics: A controversial new ad shows an Argentine athlete training on the Falklands with the tagline, "To compete on British soil, we train on Argentine soil," reports the Guardian. The 90-second ad also refers to the islands by their Argentine name, the Malvinas. (Take note, President Obama.) It comes on the 30th anniversary of the war for the islands won by Britain and ahead of the summer Games in London.

"The idea was to get the message through that the Malvinas are Argentine," says the athlete in the secretly filmed video, Fernando Zylberberg. A Falklands legislator had a different take, notes AP: "We determine our own future, and we will not be bullied by the Argentine government, neither by their attempts to undermine our economy, nor by their constant misrepresentation of the truth, nor by pieces of cheap and disrespectful propaganda such as this." (More 2012 London Olympics stories.)

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