The International Olympic Committee (I.O.C) held its opening session in Luxembourg yesterday (14 September). There?
LS Luxembourg National Theatre
SV Olympic flag (2 shots)
SV Prince Jean and Committee President arrive
LS Guests at reception
MCU Asian delegates
MCU African delegates
CU President PAN TO Prince Jean
MS Delegates in reception hall
CU Delegates talking
MS Delegates at reception
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Background: The International Olympic Committee (I.O.C) held its opening session in Luxembourg yesterday (14 September). There are two major issues that face the committee; the elimination of commercialism in the games and the question of participation by Rhodesia and South Africa in the 1972 Munich games.
At the opening session, Mr. Avery Brundage, the 83 year old American President of the Committee expressed his determination to eliminate all commercialism from the Olympic games. Competitors will not be allowed to use their names or photographs to promote any commercial enterprise. He also added that the games are strictly for amateur athletes and that no athletes will be permitted to participate in the games that have been paid for their athletic efforts. The other issue facing the Committee, the participation of Rhodesia and South Africa, is not on the official agenda but it will come up through the Executive Board. The Board will deal with the proposal that Rhodesia be permitted to participate at Munich only under the British flag as they did in the 1964 games and that a fact finding commission be sent to Rhodesia to examine the issues involved. Meanwhile, South Africa, expelled from the Olympics last year by the IOC has sent an observer to Luxembourg to talk to Olympic officials.
SYNOPSIS: The Luxembourg National Theatre is the site of the current meeting of the International Olympic Committee. The opening meeting was held on Tuesday.
IOC President Mr. Avery Brundage arrive at the opening session with Luxembourg head of state Prince Jean. Mr. Brundag and the Committee will deal with two major issues at the meetings, the elimination of commercialism in the Olympic contests and the question of participation by Rhodesia and South Africa at the 1972 Munch games. It is the goal of the Committee to keep the games as amateur athletic contests devoid of all aspects of commercial endorsements by the participating athletes.
The Committee will also deal with the proposals drawn up by the National Olympic Committee. The NOC recommends that Rhodesia be permitted to participate at the Munich Olympic games only under the British flag as they dias in the 1964 games. Meanwhile, South Africa, expelled from the Olympics last year has sent an observer to hold informal talks about South Africa's standing in the Olympics.