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Olympics sponsor comes under fire

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 03:39 PM

Big Macs, french fries and McFlurries will be on the menu at the London Olympics.

And a British doctors' group isn't happy about it.

As an official sponsor of the games. McDonald's will be the only restaurant allowed to sell brand-named food at the Olympics.

The iconic golden arches will sit atop the largest franchise in the world — a two-story cathedral-like restaurant that seats 1,500 people — at Olympic Park, according to the Associated Press. Three other locations also will be set up at Olympic Park.

In addition, there will be a separate McDonald's in the athlete's village.

After eating some Mickey D's, visitors can drink an ice-cold Coca-Cola. The soft drink company has the exclusive right to sell non-alcoholic drinks at Olympic venues. Heineken is the official beer.

The Academy of Royal Medical Colleges has a beef with the Olympics committee's decision, given the country's ballooning obesity.

"It's very sad that an event that celebrates the very best of athletic achievements should be sponsored by companies contributing to the obesity problem and unhealthy habits," spokesman Terence Stephenson told the Associated Press.

The group is calling on the British government to restrict advertising by the sponsors during the games.

The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.)

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