Five International Olympic Committee members visiting Salt Lake City said Friday they are unaware of an effort to stop them from selecting Utah to host the 1998 Winter Games because of the state's tough new abortion law.
The IOC members, representing Mongolia, New Zealand, Romania, Uruguay and Great Britain, said they have not heard from the Utah chapter of the National Organization for Women, which announced an economic boycott in February.The announcement came about a week after Gov. Norm Bangerter signed the nation's most restrictive abortion bill into law and is aimed at curbing all visits to Utah, including the Olympics.
"This is the first I've heard of it," Tay Wilson of New Zealand said of the boycott, adding that he didn't expect it to have any impact on the vast majority of IOC members.
"I don't see any connection between abortion and the Olympic Games," said Alexandru Siperco of Romania.