'Plastic Brits' will learn UK anthem for Olympics

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Associated Press

Posted on June 9, 2012 at 6:00 AM

LONDON (AP) — The head coach of Britain's athletics team says foreign-born athletes competing at the London Olympics have been told to learn the words to the national anthem.

Charles van Commenee says the athletes "know the words, or they will" know them.

American hurdler Tiffany Porter was at the center of the so-called "Plastic Brits" debate after she was named Britain's captain for the indoor world championships in March.

Porter was born and raised in the United States to a British mother and a Nigerian father. She's held a British passport since she was a baby.

Porter was asked if she knew the words to "God Save the Queen," and was then prodded to sing the country's national anthem. She said it was unnecessary.

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