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London Olympics organisers say they are taking "extremely seriously" allegations of "sweatshop" conditions for Indonesian workers producing outfits for British athletes and Games volunteers. 

British athletes pose in new British Olympic Team GB uniforms during a photo call in London on March 22. The Independent newspaper alleged that the clothing being made for the London 2012 Olympics was "being manufactured for Adidas in sweatshop conditions in Indonesia, making a mockery of claims by London 2012 organisers that this summer's Games will be the most ethical ever".Adidas, the German sportswear and equipment manufacturer, is investigating, the London organising committee said on Saturday."We place a high priority on environmental, social and ethical issues when securing goods and services and take these allegations extremely seriously," said a spokeswoman."We have spoken to Adidas and they have assured us that they are investigating these allegations, the conclusions of which will be made public."We regularly remind all of our licensees of the importance we place on the sustainable sourcing code they have each signed up to."Workers at nine Indonesian factories which have contracts to produce Olympic shoes and clothing for Adidas are working up to 65-hour weeks and earning as little as 5,000 rupiah (17 baht or 55 US cents) an hour, the report claimed.The...

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