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In Brief : Olympians to Testify on S. Africa

From Times staff and wire service reports

Olympians John Powell, Carol Cady, James Robinson and Ruth Wysocki, who participated in track and field meets in South Africa last year, have been asked to attend a hearing by the Athletics Congress in San Jose on Wednesday.

The hearing will be the third for athletes and coaches who took part in four unsanctioned meets in South Africa last October. South Africa has been under suspension since 1976 by the International Amateur Athletic Federation, the world governing body for the sport, because of its policy of apartheid.

So far, 11 athletes and coaches have been suspended indefinitely for participating in the tour.

Two athletes suspended at a hearing in Chicago on Nov. 18--long jumper Tyrus Jefferson and pole vaulter Tom Hintnaus--were granted permission to present their cases at the San Jose hearing. Neither athlete attended the Chicago hearing.

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Also asked to attend the hearing was Skip Robinson, track coach at Pasadena City College, who accompanied the team on the tour.


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