India's soccer captain won't carry torch

March 31, 2008 10:20:29 PM PDT
An official says the captain of India's soccer team has refused to carry the Olympic torch during its relay through the Indian capital later this month to protest Chinese authorities' crackdown on recent protests in Tibet.

Beijing will host the Olympics this summer, and the torch relay has already begun to draw protests against China's policies and human rights practices.

The official says captain Bhaichung Bhutia faxed his decision to IOA on Monday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.