It's been announced in Bangkok that Arab competitors will refuse to meet Israelis in any sport involving direct physical contact at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
EXTERIOR GV Kim Young Ki of Korea jumps 216 centimetres
MV Sakamoto Tokao jumps 216 cms and misses landing mat
MV Koshikawa Kazunori jumps 216 centimetres
MV Tsui Hung-chun jumps and also clears 216 c.m.
MV Koshikawa Kazunori jumps and injures himself
MV Sakamoto Tokao jumps, kicks bar off with head
MV Tsui Hung-chun attempts 220 centimetres but fails
MV Sakamoto Tokao clears 220 centimetres but misses mat
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Background: It's been announced in Bangkok that Arab competitors will refuse to meet Israelis in any sport involving direct physical contact at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The leader of the Kuwaiti delegations to the Asian Games, Sheikh Fahed al-Ahmed al-Sabah said that Arabs would compete with Israelis in such sports as athletics. The comments follow the disclosure that the Asian Games Federation had decided that there would be a total Asian boycott of the Moscow Olympics if any Asian athlete was barred by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF). The IAAF imposed a ban on any athletes competing in the Asian Games because the Asian Games Federation banned Israel from competing. The International Olympic Committee has said it will await further developments before commenting on the situation.
SYNOPSIS: One of the last events of the Asian Games was the High Jump. It was unremarkable in the height attained, but notable for the injuries sustained. Kim Young Ki of Korea cleared 216 centimetres. But Sakamoto Tokao of Japan, attempting the same height, missed the landing mat.
Countryman Koshikawa Kazunori made the attempt at the 216 centimetre level.
Tsui Hung-chun of China also managed 216 centimetres.
Kazunori again but this time with unfortunate results.
Takao of Japan again, saving himself from yet another injury with an adroit mid-air grab at the bar.
Tsui Hung-chun trying for the 220 centimetre mark.
Takao of Japan with his winning jump clearing 220 centimetres, but suffered because of his skill. Observers said the high rate of injuries could have been averted if the Games organisers had been more careful about the placing of the landing mats.