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    The ten members of Rhodesia's Olympic team are continuing their training for the Munich Games next month, undeterred by the latest effort to bar Rhodesia from competing.

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    SV PAN..African athletes Dzoma (thinner of the two) and Tambanewenyu running round track

    SV Coach Bob Orr talking to same two at trackside. (audible instructions on Neutral sound)

    SV same athletes running past with Orrs voice off-camera

    SV orr

    SV Same two doing exercises, encouraged by Orr

    SV Towards camera - Bruce Kennedy throwing javelin

    GV Coach Angus Campbell training Terence Finnigan for sprint start

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    Background: The ten members of Rhodesia's Olympic team are continuing their training for the Munich Games next month, undeterred by the latest effort to bar Rhodesia from competing.

    The Government of Jamaica decided on July 24 that it would not finance the Jamaican team if Rhodesian athletes were allowed to compete. The Jamaican Olympic Association says that in view of the Government's attitude it could not send a team to Munich even if the money was raised privately.

    In addition, Britain has drawn the attention of West Germany to tow United Nations Security Council resolutions calling on Un members to prohibit the entry of people with Rhodesian passports.

    The West German Olympic Committee, however, has rejected Britain's approach on the grounds that Rhodesia was invited to the Munich Games by the International Olympic Committee.

    Rhodesia -- which has six Africans in its team -- will compete at Munich under the same conditions as those in 1964, when it took part in the Tokyo Games as a British colony.

    The team membersare: Sprinters Artwell Mndaze and Jean Fowlds; 400 metres runners Adon Treva, Terence Finnigan, Vuyani Fulunga, Philemon Tambanewenyu, Alfred Ncube and Nigel Hodder; javelin thrower Bruce Kennedy and Rhodesia's top long-distance runner Bernard Dzoma.

    SYNOPSIS: Rhodesia's Olympic athletes are hard at work training for next month's Munich Games while further efforts are being made to prevent them taking part.

    At a mining company track near Gatooma, two of the African team members, long distance runner Bernard Dzoma and four hundred metres runner Philemon Tambanewenyu, take instruction from Bob Orr, a security officer at the mine and a leading athletics coach in Rhodesia....
    Dzoma, aged 31 and a carpenter at the mine, is regarded as Rhodesia's top distance runner. he was chosen for the 1968 Mexico Olympics but Rhodesia was excluded form those Games.

    Fresh attempts are being made to keep Rhodesia away form Munich. The Jamaican Government has refused to finance its national team if Rhodesian athletes are allowed to compete and Britain has reminded West Germany of United Nations resolutions condemning Rhodesia. The West German Olympic Committee has resisted these efforts and Rhodesia's entry stands.

    Among the four Europeans in the ten-member Rhodesian team is javelin thrower Bruce Kennedy. He has competed successfully in the United States where he is attending university on a scholarship.

    At the Police Athletics ground in Salisbury, Terence Finnigan practices on the starting blocks under the eye of coach Angus Campbell. An insurance clerk aged 20, Finningan bettered the olympic qualifying standard for four hundred metres early in his training for the Munich Games. Finnigan forms part of a strong four hundred metres relay team including African Adon Treva, Vuyani Fulunga and, possibly, Artwell Mandaza, who holds several African ???.

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