by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
February 28, 1968
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
4 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Italy, Mexico
Language: English
The cover letter discusses mounting pressure against the International Olympic Committee's decision, by a narrow vote, to readmit South Africa to the 1968 Olympic Games. The Supreme Council for Sport in Africa unanimously endorsed a boycott of the Games; other non-African nations are expected to support this decision. Therefore, the head of the Italian Olympic Committee has asked Avery Brundage, the American President of the I.O.C., to call a special meeting of the Committee to reconsider the South African issue. The letter says it appears that the American members of the I.O.C. support the decision to readmit South Africa and asks people to write to Mr. Douglas Roby, President of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The mailing includes South Africa and the Olympics, Memo Number 2, in which the American Committee on Africa urges athletes and national Olympic Committees to boycott the Olympic Games in Mexico City. The memorandum analyzes recent developments in sport in South Africa since the I.O.C. vote. The memorandum asks people to write to U.S. members of the I.O.C. and the Olympic Organizing Committee of Mexico and to urge athletes to join in a declaration by some American athletes currently determined to boycott the Games if South Africa participates.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections