Wrestling Tour Cancelled

by Christina Cowger, Clergy and Laity Concerned
New York, New York, United States
September 1981
Publisher: Clergy and Laity Concerned
1 page
Type: Article
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Article reprinted from the CALC Report newsletter about organizing by the African Students' Association (ASA) at Oregon State University (OSU) that led to cancellation of a visit to South Africa by 12 OSU wrestlers from August 26 to October 4. The article says the ASA raised the trip with OSU President Robert MacVicar, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the media, and the athletes themselves. The United Nations has long maintained a sports boycott against South Africa and that the International Amateur Wrestling Federation expelled South Africa because of its racist policies. The article says the AAU would have declared the OSU wrestlers permanently ineligible for international competition if they had gone to South Africa. The article quotes Winnie Tay, ASA president, and Richard Lapchick, chairperson of the American Coordinating Committee for Equality in Sport and Society (ACCESS). The article discusses OSU wrestling coach Dale Thomas and says connections with apartheid South Africa go back a long way.
Used by permission of former members of Clergy and Laity Concerned.
Collection: Carol B. Thompson and Bud Day Papers on Southern Africa, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections