Athletics -- and thee is growing controversy surrounding the future of this year's Asian games, due to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in December.
SV International Amateur Athletics Federation Secretary-General John Holt seated talking to Visnews reporter.
CU??? Visnews reporter asking question and John Holt replying. (4 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: JENNINGS: "Mr Holt, how justified do you feel that the Asian Games Organising Committee are in excluding Israel from December's Bangkok games?"
SEQ. 1: HOLT: "The IAAF council considers that the decision not to include Israel in the Asian games is completely unjustified. Israel is a member in good standing of the Asian Games Federation. The statutes of the Asian games state that all members will be invited and allowed to take part. And we therefore feel that there is no justification for not taking into the Asian games."
JENNINGS: "The reason they have given is that they cannot provide adequate security for Israel's athletes?"
HOLT: "Since the tragic events in Munich, Israel has participated regularly in major international athletics events. Among them the Asian championships in Manila, Philippines; and in Seoul, Korea; the World Student games in Moscow in 1973, and remember Israel did take part in the Montreal Olympics games. And only last year, Israeli athletes were among the Asian athletes to represent the continent in the IAAF World Cup in Dusseldorf. And that is proof to me Israel can take part in major international sports events without additional security precautions having to run into thousands of dollars extra cost."
REPORTER: NICHOLAS JENNINGS
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Background: Athletics -- and thee is growing controversy surrounding the future of this year's Asian games, due to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in December. The trouble stems from the Asian Games Organising Committee's decision, last month, to ban Israeli athletes from the games for security reasons. The decision has been criticised by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) who have now informed their Asian members that if they participate in the games without Israel they face possible international suspension from athletics meetings. If implemented, that suspension could affect the next Olympic games -- due to be held in Moscow in 1980. John Holt, the Secretary General of the (IAAF) told Visnews reporter Nicholas Jennings, what his organisation thought of the Asian Games Organising Committee's decision.