quinta-feira, 21 de junho de 2012

Fonte/Source: http://www.teamusa.org/News/2012/June/21/statement-from-usoc-spokesperson-patrick-sandusky.aspx

Statement from USOC Spokesperson Patrick Sandusky

JUN 21, 2012, 12:07 PM ET

Statement Update:

"As a follow-up to our previous statement on this subject, we would again like to apologize to the members
 of the Ravelry community. While we stand by our obligation to protect the marks and terms associated 
with the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in the United States, we sincerely regret the use of 
insensitive terms in relation to the actions of a group that was clearly not intending to denigrate or 
disrespect the Olympic Movement. We hope you’ll accept this apology and continue to support the 
Olympic Games."

Statement from USOC Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer Patrick Sandusky:

“Thanks to all of you who have posted, tweeted, emailed and called regarding the letter sent to the
organizers of the Ravelympics.
Like you, we are extremely passionate about what we do. And, as  you may know, the United States
Olympic Committee is a non-profit entity, and our Olympic team receives no government funding. 
We are totally dependent on our sponsors, who pay for the right to associate with the Olympic 
Movement, as well as our generous donors to bring Team USA to the Games.
The letter sent to the organizers of the Ravelympics was a standard-form cease and desist letter
that explained why we need to protect our trademarks in legal terms. Rest assured, as an 
organization that has many passionate knitters, we never intended to make this a personal attack 
on the knitting community or to suggest that knitters are not supportive of Team USA.
We apologize for any insult and appreciate your support. We embrace hand-crafted American goods
as we currently have the Annin Flagmakers of New Jersey stitching a custom-made American flag 
to accompany our team to the Olympic Games in London. To show our support of the Ravelry 
community, we would welcome any handmade items that you would like to create to travel with, 
and motivate, our team at the 2012 Games.”

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