Athletes Call for Continued South African Suspension from the Olympics

by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
February 8, 1968
1 page
Type: Press Release
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
At a press conference, Jackie Robinson and K.C. Jones announced on behalf of a group of prominent American athletes their opposition to South Africa's possible readmission to the 1968 Olympic Games. Robinson pointed out that South Africa’s "new policy" to send a multi-racial team to the Games is a fraud. For example, he said the athletes will be selected after four racially segregated trials for Africans, Asians, Coloureds, and Whites. Also, the practice of segregated sports and spectators will continue in South Africa. George Houser of the American Committee on Africa read a statement by Professor Harry Edwards on behalf of San Jose State College athletes endorsing the protest. Church and community groups have also urged Mr. Avery Brundage, President of the International Olympic Committee, and the U.S Olympic Committee not to equivocate on the principle of non-racialism in sports.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections