Kenya was the latest of several African nations on Saturday (17 July) to withdraw from the Montreal Olympic games.
SV: Acting Kenyan foreign minister James Osogo speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: JAMES OSOGO: "The Kenyan olympic team has withdrawn from the 21st olympic games in Montreal with other African countries that have done so. The decision to withdraw out team was not taken hastily or lightly. It was taken on principle and in accordance with the majority views and agreement of the African nations. In the views of Kenya, and the majority of the African countries, the decision not to bar New Zealand gives comfort and responsibility to the racist regime and will encourage it to continue to defy world opinion. We had therefore no alternative but to stand by the rights of our brothers in South Africa and to refuse to take part in the games with those who are insensitive to the African suffering in the unhappy country. It has been argued that we should not mix sport with politics. But it is South Africa who actually introduced politics into sports by extending its apartheid policies in the area. We pledged ourselves to continue fighting for human dignity and freedom everywhere in the world, and, in particular, in Africa. We cannot therefore stand by idle when our brothers and sisters in South Africa are daily brutalised."
Over the weekend, the Kenya athletes remained in the Olympic Village in the hope that New Zealand would re-expelled from the ??? they could compete. The International Olympic Committee had ??? turned down a request to oust New Zealand and there seemed no ??? that it would change its mind.
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Background: Kenya was the latest of several African nations on Saturday (17 July) to withdraw from the Montreal Olympic games. The acting foreign minister, James Osogo, told a news conference in Nairobi of the decision and accused New Zealand sporting authorities of collaboration with "racist South Africa", despite worldwide condemnation of such a sporting relationship. The African withdrawals have been in direct protest against the rugby tour of South Africa by New Zealand's All Blacks.