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IOC, Phelps' sponsors ensure support

Updated: February 2, 2009, 7:25 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MANCHESTER, England -- The International Olympic Committee and two of Michael Phelps' leading sponsors expressed support for the Olympic great Monday, a day after he apologized for being photographed in a British newspaper inhaling from a marijuana pipe.

The IOC said Monday it was confident Phelps would learn from his "inappropriate behavior" and continue to serve as a role model.

Luxury Swiss watchmaker Omega termed Phelps' actions a private matter and "nonissue." Swim wear manufacturer ...

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