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The 13 U.S. track and field athletes...

The 13 U.S. track and field athletes planning to compete in three meets in racially separated South Africa risk life suspensions from domestic and international competition, said Ollan Cassell, executive director of The Athletics Congress, because South Africa is expelled from the International Amateur Athletic Federation.

In a news release, Cassell said the IAAF will look upon the matter “very gravely, and probably will take strenuous action.”

The athletes include John Powell, the 1976 and 1984 Olympic bronze medalist in the men’s discus; Tom Petranoff, American record-holder in the men’s javelin, and Carol Cady, a 1988 Olympian and American record-holder in the women’s javelin.

The meets scheduled are Oct. 15 at Johannesburg, Oct. 18 at Stellenbosch and Oct. 22 at Germiston.

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