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    The Chairman of Kenya's Sports Council, Mr. Lugonzo, said in Nairobi today (Saturday) that his?

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    CU Sports Council Chairman Lugonzo

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    LUGONZO: I can't see any compromise at all.

    REPORTER: Why?

    LUGONZO: Because Rhodesia is not an independent state. As far as we are concerned Rhodesia is considered to be a British colony.

    REPORTER: But Mr. Avery Brundage has accused nations like Kenya of mixing sport and politics. What do you say to that?

    LUGONZO: But Brundage doesn't know what he's talking about, because in the Olympic Games when a country participates, it is understood that its representing an independent country.

    REPORTER: What about in kenya domestically - kenyas are sports mad - aren't they going to be cross not to see people likekipchoge Keino and Temo competing for medals?

    LUGONZO: We regret in a way that we have had to make this decision - but kenya cannot sacrifice its principles on account of Gold medals or Bronze medals.

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    Background: The Chairman of Kenya's Sports Council, Mr. Lugonzo, said in Nairobi today (Saturday) that his country's athletes wold support a black boycott of the Olympic Games if Rhodesia was permitted to participate. Speaking to a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reporter he was asked if there could be a compromise to the boycott at this late stage - he replied:
    Mr. Lugonzo's statement came shortly after a press conference in which Kenya's Foreign Minister, Dr. Mjoroge Mungai, said that International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Avery Brundage should be replaced. Dr. Mungai went on to say that it was an "unfortunate coincidence" that it had been in Germany, at the 1936 Olympics, that Adolf Hitler had refused to shake hands with the American star athlete, negro Jesso Owens. And, he added, "another dictator called brundage" was ready to see black African nations out of the Games.

    Already 16 African and Arab nations have announced their intention to withdraw if Rhodesia is allowed to remain in the Games. Several Caribbean countries, plus black U.S. athletes, have also announced their intention to support the boycott.

    Representatives of both the Supreme Council for Sports in African (SCSA) and the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the African Continent's most powerful sports and political organizations, are in Munich for talks with Herr Willi Daume, President of the West German organising Committee for the Olympics. They are Jean-Claude Ganga for the SCSA, and Gerard Kamanda for the QAU.

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