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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Move to Avert Boycott

KUWAIT () -- The Olympic Council of Asia, trying to avert a threatened Chinese boycott of next month's Asian Games, said Monday no politicians would be invited other than those from the host country Japan.

A brief statement announcing the decision made no mention of any individual but the move in effect cancels an invitation which the Kuwait-based council, the games' sponsor, had extended to Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui.

China, the Asian Games champions since 1986, had threatened to boycott Asia's biggest sporting event unless the invitation to Lee was withdrawn.