After its first special meeting on apartheid,...
After its first special meeting on apartheid, the International Olympic Committee called for renewed efforts to freeze South Africa out of the sports world until it abolishes its policy of racial segregation.
Black African sports leaders invited to Lausanne, Switzerland, for the one-day meeting, backed the IOC’s position and discounted any remaining danger of an African boycott of the Seoul Olympics.
Last April, IOC officials had called several international sports federation chiefs for unprecedented formal talks on apartheid. The meetings were held to strengthen relations with African countries after 12 years of boycotts and boycott threats over South African connections.
In a declaration, the IOC reaffirmed its opposition to apartheid as a “scourge in sport” and urged particularly the federations governing sports on the Olympic program “to consider further action” for excluding or suspending South African national federations.
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