The President of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA) has reaffirmed that the organisation will not compete against countries who maintain sporting relations with South Africa.
GV Kenyatta conference centre
MV Children dancing (2 shots)
GV Conference table and delegates
MV ZOOM IN Minister of Housing and Social Services (right)
MV Delegate seated and cameraman filming conference (2 shots)
MV Abraham Ordia speaking
This film is serviced with English speech by Mr. Ordia. A transcript appears below:
ORDIA: "Barely, 10 years ago the African competitor or official, was always playing the back role. Not only have we endeavoured to raise performance to high level standards among our youths, your leaders have also ensured, sometimes against severe odds, that African sportsman are treated like any other human being. We are therefore constantly and consistently struggling and fighting against all forms of injustice and discrimination in sports throughout the world, most especially in the southern part of our continent where the practice of apartheid is entrenched in the laws of the country."
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Background: The President of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA) has reaffirmed that the organisation will not compete against countries who maintain sporting relations with South Africa.
Mr. Abraham Ordia was speaking at the opening of the council's executive committee meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday (27 April). He said the SCSA would implement the decision taken at the general assembly last year.
He called New Zealand the "arch enemy" in the council's struggle against apartheid. Mr. Ordia also listed Austria, Britain, Canada, Chile, France, Holland Israel, Italy, the United States and West Germany as being among the countries whose sportsmen were hampering the SCSA's battle against racial segregation.
Mr. Ordia said African nations have not threatened to pull out of the Olympic Games, but he indicated that they would boycott events in which New Zealanders were entered.
Among the delegates was Kenya's Minister for Housing and Social Services, Mr. Taaitta Towett. He officially opened the meeting.
The welcoming celebrations for the meeting included a performance by the Kenya Prisons Band and display of traditional dancing.