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Olympics: Billie Jean King withdraws from US delegation

Published on Feb 6, 2014 6:28 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Openly gay tennis legend Billie Jean King has withdrawn from the US presidential delegation to the Winter Olympics in Russia, citing the ill-health of her mother, officials said Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014.

The inclusion of King in the opening ceremony delegation selected by the White House raised eyebrows when it was announced last December amid ongoing controversy over Russia's anti-gay laws.

"With my mother in failing health, I will not be able to join the US Presidential Delegation at this week's opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics," King said.

"It is important for me to be with my mother and my brother at this difficult time.

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