The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has persuaded the Soviet Union to curb nationalistic ceremonies at the Moscow Olympic Games.
GV & SCU Lord Killanin addressing Executive Committee (2 shots)
GV Delegates with Lord killanin (4 shots)
GV Chancellor Helmut Schmidt of West Germany addressing Bundestag
GV Audience listens as Herr Schmidt speaks (2 shots)
GV Schmidt continues speaking, Bundestag applauds (2 shots)
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Background: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has persuaded the Soviet Union to curb nationalistic ceremonies at the Moscow Olympic Games. This is one outcome of the IOC's Executive Board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland (23 April). But the Committee's efforts to ensure the Game will remain an international sporting spectacle received a further set-back when Canada and West Germany urged their athletes to join the Games boycott over the Soviet Union's role in Afghanistan.
SYNOPSIS: At the IOC's Executive Board meeting in Lausanne the President, Lord Killanin, announced he was ready to visit the United States and the Soviet Union in the coming weeks if this would offer any hope of arresting the growth of support for the boycott.
Lord Killanin said that the purpose of his visits would be to stress that the Games will be an assembly of the world's youth in accordance with Olympic principles. Under the new agreement, the athletes may choose to march behind the Olympic banner, and national flags and anthems at medal presentations will be optional.
In West Germany, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt told Parliament that the Government were forced with deep regret to advise the National Olympic Committee (NOC) not to send a team.
Chancellor Schmidt said sport needs peace, we all need peace, and the sooner peace is restored in Afghanistan the better for the whole world and the better for sport. The West German NOC is due to make its decision on May 15. The result is regarded as important because France and some other NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) countries are awaiting the outcome before committing themselves.
An unofficial poll of the NOC's 54 members indicated a majority were in favour of sending a team to Moscow. As in West Germany, many other National Olympic Committees have reserved their decisions on whether to join the United States boycott.
The West German cabinet's decision to support the boycott was adopted by a large majority in the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament. The majority was 446 votes to eight, with nine abstentions.