The head of the Palestinian High Council for Sport, Haj Mutlak ahmed Al Qudwa says he has high hopes that Palestinian sportsmen and women will be able to compete in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
The head of the Palestinian High Council for Sport, Haj Mutlak ahmed Al Qudwa says he has high hopes that Palestinian sportsmen and women will be able to compete in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. He said it would represent a great achievement if Palestinians can compete. But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) says it is astonished that a Palestinian sports body had been invited to send a team to the games.
SYNOPSIS: Haj Mutlak said the Palestinians would be going to Moscow next year, even if it was just as observers. He said the Palestinian High Council for Sport was intent on showing the world community the cultural face and scope of the Palestinian people. The Palestine Liberation Organisation(PLO) had announced earlier this month that the High Council for Sports had received an invitation to the Moscow Olympic games. But a spokesman for the IOC said he was astonished the Soviet Organising Committee--which is responsible for sending out the invitations to the games--should have approached the Council. He said it sounded like a governmental body, and the IOC does not deal with governments.
Haj Mutlak stressed his council was working hard to gain full participation at next year's Olympics. Palestinians have gained membership of three international sports committees already, but Haj Mutlak explained that for Palestinians to compte in Moscow they would have to find membership of two further international sports bodies.
The IOC spokesman, however, said there was no Palestinian Olympic Committee amongst the 135 bodies recognised by the IOC, and so far, there had been no request for recognition by any such Palestinian committee. In any case, he said invitations to the Olympics were not due to be issued until January.