The Egyptian delegation to the Olympic Games announced on Tuesday (20 July) that it was withdrawing its 52-member squad from Montreal.
SV Jean-Claude Ganga speaking
SV New Zealand spokesman Lance Cross speaking seated next to woman as reporter takes notes (2 shots)
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SV & GV Mr. Cross facing newsmen (2 shots)
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SV Monique Barlioux, IOC director speaking (3 shots)
GANGA: "The majority of the countries of Africa has withdraw from the Games to protest against the participation of New Zealand went to Africa to make tour on rugby. And when everybody is appealing to them that tradition of the time for them to go there. After the massacre of Soweto, we think that is an insult to our continent, to the (indistinct) of the man. They go there on that time to give support to apartheid. But we want to say clearly that this boycott is not against Canada."
"It appears to be very hard to get the massage across that in a free world and a free country, sports bodies are not under the dictation of the government. Nor does one sports body dictate to another sports body. Each sports body is entirely autonomous and independent."
CROSS: "I pointed out to Mr. Ganga that I had no more right to make a demand of the Prime Minister than the Prime Minister had the right to make such a demand of the rugby union. In view of the New Zealand government's fairly clearly stated policy that it opposes apartheid in any form, bur also respects the rights of sports organisations to run their own affairs and has stated a policy of non-interference with sport."
BERLIOUX: "Before discussing sanctions or choosing which sanctions could be applied, the IOC must have all the information possible. And this involves many problems because there is a confusing situation even among those NOCs (National Olympic Committees) having announced that they want to withdraw. Everybody is trying to take the Olympics as a weapon.
More than 20 African and Arab nations have now announced that they are withdrawing from the Olympic Games in protest against the participation of New Zealand. But there is some confusion in the Olympic village as a number of the boycotting teams have yet to leave Montreal.
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Background: The Egyptian delegation to the Olympic Games announced on Tuesday (20 July) that it was withdrawing its 52-member squad from Montreal. Mr. Elashafei Abdelaziz, head of the Egyptian group, said the decision was an expression of support for African nations and a protest against racism in South Africa. The Egyptian announcement came only day after the Secretary-General of the All Africa Council of Sport (AACS), Jean Claude Ganga, blamed the boycott of the Olympic Games on what he termed as New Zealand's support for apartheid. He was speaking at a news conference in Montreal.
SYNOPSIS: But New Zealand's member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lance Cross, said that his government did not interfere with sport.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Cross was asked what he had said on his meeting with the Secretary-General of AACS.
A director of the IOC, Monique Berlioux, also spoke at the news conference. She was asked about possible sanctions against the boycotting countries.