[Dear ACCESS Coalition Members and Friends, Activities on sports apartheid have been heating up lately ...]

by Richard E. Lapchick, American Coordinating Committee for Equality in Sport and Society
with United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid, John Dommisse
New York, New York, United States
June 1981
Publisher: American Coordinating Committee for Equality in Sport and Society
13 pages
Mailing including a cover letter, selected parts of a report REGISTER OF SPORTS CONTACTS WITH SOUTH AFRICA 1 September 1980 - 31 March 1981 by the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid, AN OPEN LETTER TO THE NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT, a letter to Richard Lapchick from the private secretary of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ireland, and an article by Michael Littlejohns on the release by the United Nations of a detailed account of South Africa's international sports contacts. The mailing includes three newspaper articles: "Sports-Apartheid Moves Build" by Neil Amdur, "Anti-Apartheid Unit Publishes Sports List" by Neil Amdur, and "Anti-apartheid groups list violators". One of the articles is an interview of Richard Lapchick by William I. Robinson. The cover letter says as you read this, an Irish rugby team is in South Africa in spite of the opposition of the Irish government (see enclosed letter from the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs). The cover letter says the Carter Administration publicly stated its opposition to sports contacts with South Africa even if it did little about them; we have scant hope of a similar policy under President Reagan as he seems to be openly embracing South Africa. The cover letter says there are rumors that the United States Rugby Association will host the South Africa team for a short tour after they return from New Zealand. The mailing discusses NZRFU (New Zealand Rugby Football Union); H.A.R.T.: The NZ Anti-Apartheid Movement; the International Co-ordinating Centre Against Apartheid in Sport; the South African Council on Sport; the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement; the International Campaign Against Racism in Sport (Dr. Dennis Brutus); S.A.R.T./Anti-Apartheid Movement, c/o Mr. Peter Hain; the French A.A.M., c/o Mr. Antoine Bouillon; the Organization of African Unity (OAU); P.J. Boatwright, President of the US Golf Association; Bob Arum, the boxing promoter, the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SAN-ROC); the Rt. Hon. B. E. Talboys, Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Gleneagles Agreement; the Thatcher Government; the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), The World Cup Golf Tournament At Pinehurst, North Carolina; the 1984 Olympic Games at Los Angeles; Arthur Ashe; the United States Davis Cup; Mike Weaver; the World Boxing Association (WBA); Guillermo Vilas; Stan Smith; Dick Stockton; Bob Lutz; Fritz Beuhning; Shlomo Glickstein; Kevin Curren; the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa; Sandy Boyer; the American Committee on Africa; Pat Dupre; Rolloef F. Botha; B. Akporode Clark; the Bjorn Borg-John McEnroe tennis match; Sam Ramsamy; Mike Terry; and Chris de Broglio.
Used by permission of Richard Lapchick, founder of the American Coordinating Committee for Equality in Sport and Society.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root