The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lord Killanin, told a news conference in Barcelona on Sunday (17 October) that he hoped the "lesson of the Montreal Olympics has been learnt".
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I.O.C. PRESIDENT LORD KILLANIN: "We have to trust the words of other people. But when we discuss the future of the Olympic Games there will have to be the question of responsibly and I must point out that in the case of the organising city, it is the national Olympic committee that chooses the organising committee responsible for the Games, and steps might have to be taken in the future, I only hope it doesn't, in relation to the national committee concerned. Although, as you know, in Montrel in Canada the most outspoken critics of the government policy was the President of the Canadian Olympic Association who signed the letter on behalf of the association. We hope, and it may be an idle hope, that because of Montreal that people will think twice about these types of action, will give us due notice so that necessary steps can be taken to make changes. Also when, we're studying the rules, this is one of the things we'll endeavour to see. I should make it quite clear, that following the meeting in Abidjan, we shall be writing to the members of the IOC to keep them informed of progress, as I promised to do, and this matter will be fully discussed by the IOC at its session in Prague in accordance to the terms of reference given. And they, naturally, have to make the final decisions
KILLANIN: "Personally at this stage, I think it would have been counter productive. Because its rather like the withdrawal of teams - all the wrong people suffer.
REPORTER: "Isn't there still a danger of political disruption, similar to that which shut out Taiwan at Montreal?
KILLANIN: "I sincerely hope not. We discussed this with out colleagues to make planes with them for Moscow. We only hope that the lessons of Montreal were learnt".
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Background: The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lord Killanin, told a news conference in Barcelona on Sunday (17 October) that he hoped the "lesson of the Montreal Olympics has been learnt". The conference came after the IOC's nine-man executive board had held a week of meetings in the Spanish city to study the problems of last summer's Olympics and to begin planning the 1980 Games in the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: Lord Killanin said a careful check would have to be kept on preparations for future Olympics.
Later, Lord Killanin was asked if the IOC shouldn't have taken a more positive stand over the Montreal Games and rebuked Canada and the black African nations who boycotted the Olympics.