In Brief : Czech Athlete Remains in Canada

From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports

Canadian immigration officials said today that a teen-age Czechoslovak hockey player, who failed to leave with his teammates after an international tournament, wants to remain in Canada.

Wilf Lindner, manager of Canada Employment and Immigration, said that 17-year-old Peter Nedved is staying with unidentified people in Calgary and that his department is satisfied he is “being looked after.”

Lindner said Nedved, who was interviewed by department officials on Monday, had not yet claimed refugee status in Canada and would be interviewed again in a few days.

“In all of these cases, we try to give the person sufficient time to get his bearings before bombarding him with questions,” he told Canadian Press.


Organizers of the tournament said on Monday night that Nedved was not aboard a plane that took 29 players and coaches of the Czechoslovak team back to Litvinov, a community of 35,000.