APARTHEID ATHLETES AT UNITED STATES COLLEGES
by Dennis Brutus, South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee
Evanston, Illinois, United States
November 10, 1985
South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee
Statement by the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SAN-ROC) protesting the growing number of South African athletes at U.S. colleges and universities, some on full scholarships. The statement says these practices violate numerous United Nations Resolutions (particularly those of November, 1976) calling for a sport, cultural, and academic boycott of South Africa until the racist apartheid regime is removed. It also is contrary to resolutions adopted by U.S. sporting organizations and academic institutions, including the National College Athletic Association. In addition, apartheid sporting bodies were expelled from the International Olympic Committee in May, 1970, and most apartheid sport organizations are excluded from international competition. The statement points out that these relationships are being promoted at a time when protest in the U.S. against support for the apartheid regime has reached its highest point and significant victories are being won in the fight to get colleges and universities to divest their investments in apartheid. SAN-ROC calls on all colleges and universities to cease recruiting or accepting athletes from apartheid South Africa and to terminate any existing scholarships held by athletes from apartheid South Africa. The statement mentions the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid and Stanford University.
Used by permission of Dennis Brutus.
Collection: Southern Africa Solidarity in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (Selma Waldman collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections