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IOC disappointed with Hope Solo's «cowards» comment after Rio loss

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - US goalkeeper Hope Solo‘s description of her Swedish adversaries as "cowards" is disappointing, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Saturday.

Solo had reacted bitterly after three-time reigning champions United States suffered a shock exit in the quarter-finals of the Rio Olympics Friday by losing 4-3 on penalties to Sweden.

Solo called the Swedes "a bunch of cowards," referring to their defensive style of play. She also said that "the best team did not win today" and predicted that they would not "make it far in the tournament."

Solo posted a copy of her remarks on Twitter, along with the comment: "Losing sucks. I‘m really bad at it."

When asked about the "cowards" comment, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said on Saturday: "If those were the comments, then it is disappointing."

"Clearly passions run very, very high and sometimes people say things they regret," he added. "We would just call for people to treat their opponents with the sort of sportsmanship that we expect at the Olympic Games."

Adams said he thought it "unlikely" that a disciplinary commission would be set up to look into the incident.

"People are free to say those things, we wouldn‘t stop their right to express their opinion, within boundaries obviously," he noted. "We can only keep talking about how we hope athletes will treat each other and the Olympic values."

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