The Chairman of the National Sports Council of Kenya, Mr. Isaac Lugonzo, has said that?
MV Reporter with Lugonzo ZOOM into CU Lugonzo:
REPORTER: I wonder if you could spell out for our viewers, the stand of the National Sports Council of Kenya on the proposed Rugby tour of the British Lions of South Africa?
LUGONZO: Any country that takes part in any competition which is organised by South africa will be heading for trouble. and as far as we are concerned members of the Supreme Council for sport in Africa, we would not in anyway support the forthcoming tour of the Lions Rugby team of Britain. And I think we should have learned a lesson from the events that took place in Munich some time last year, and also they should have realised that at one stage, when South Africa decided to take part in one of the competitions in New Zealand, Kenya and the rest of the world decided...informed the New Zealand Government that if the tour of South Africa was going to take ;place, Kenya's team was not going to participate in the Commonwealth Games in Christ Church, and this was stood by it until such a time that the Prime Minister of New Zealand was able to make a statement clarifying the position of the tour of South Africa's rugby team.
REPORTER: Will you ask Zaire to refuse to play Scotland in the 1974 world Cup for example?
LUGONZO: Well depending on the decision that will have been taken by the Supreme Council of Sport, then we will make up our mind then.
REPORTER: With the growing importance of African athletes, Mr. Lugonzo, do you think that the voice of Africa in the sports world is being heard more and more in Europe and America?
LUGONZO: In fact I say that it is transparent that the voice of Africa is now heard everywhere. Particularly, we've been able to identify ourselves; to create our own image, and through meetings of this nature - sports meetings - we are able to extend ideas. And make no mistake, there's a lot of politics in sport. I know the International Olympic Committee says "no politics", but there's a lot of politics in sport.
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THE FOLLOWING IS A TRANSCRIPTION OF THE INTERVIEW WITH MR. LUGONZO INCLUDED ON THE FILM. THE INTERVIEWER IS PAUL TOULMIN-ROTHE
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Background: The Chairman of the National Sports Council of Kenya, Mr. Isaac Lugonzo, has said that his country would support any ban introduced by the Supreme Council of Sport in Africa against British sportsmen if the British Lions Rugby tour of South Africa takes place later this year.
He said that the Supreme Council were expected to take a final decision at a special meeting later this month on whether or not to impose such a ban. Mr. Lugonzo said that if the Supreme Council did decide to introduce such a ban against British sportsmen, then "Kenya will definitely join hands with the rest of Africa in placing a total boycott on Great Britain", unless the British cancelled the forthcoming South African tour.
Mr. Lugonzo said that it was clear that the voice of Africa was now being heard everywhere. Through sports meetings, Africans were able to extend ideas. He disagreed with the International Olympic Committee who said there should be no politics in sport. He thought there wa a "lot of politics in sport".
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Isaac Lugonzo, head of Kenya's National Sports Council, was interviewed recently about the forthcoming British rugby tour of South Africa.