Australian "Roo" Flag keeps flying

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Australia won't have to take
down its giant "boxing kangaroo flag" from the athletes' village
for the Vancouver Olympics.

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates says a deal
was reached Sunday with the International Olympic Committee to keep
the flag up for the duration of the games.

The green and gold flag, which depicts a red-gloved cartoon
kangaroo, has been hanging from a balcony from the Australian
team's living area in the village since last Sunday.

The Australians had been under pressure to take it down because
it was deemed too commercial and a registered trademark.

But Coates says IOC president Jacques Rogge told him the flag
can stay. Coates says the Australians must register the symbol with
the IOC for future games.


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