Canada -- and the difficulties in arranging a meeting between the missing Soviet Olympic diver, Sergei Nemtsanov, and Soviet Olympic officials in Montreal to discuss his desire to remain in the country.
GV Information centre in olympic village, Montreal
SV Olympic hostesses inside centre (2 shots)
SV Hostess sitting with athletes in restaurant
CU Soviet Olympic official spokesman Mikhail Efimove speaking
REPORTER "The threat from the Soviet delegation was also to cease all sports relations with Canada. How does this effect, for example, the hockey series which will follow in September?"
EFIMOV: "I can say now only to about our participants in the Olympic Games. I'm not obliged to say anything more."
REPORTER: "Have you established any sort of a deadline for a response from the Canadian government?"
EFIMOV: "It's very silly to give some ultimatum or deadline to the Canadian government. It's, it would be, I think, not polite in the host country to make such a deadline. But we are still waiting. And you know, if we are waiting we promise some steps will do it."
REPORTER: "The Canadian government has not accepted your accusation that the diver had been kidnapped. Do you still maintain, in fact, that he has been kidnapped?"
EFIMOV: "But they didn't give us any explanation about his whereabouts."
REPORTER: "Do you accept the possibility that he may have just defected on his own?"
REPORTER: "Do you accept the possibility that he may have just decided to stay in Canada on his own?"
EFIMOV: "We see he is too young. He is minor as you know. He is in illegal age. And as I know the Canadian law, it is quite impossible for him to make such a decision and to receive the Canadian citizenship, as I know."
The Soviet team dropped its threat to boycott the end of the Montreal Olympics after an appeal from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). They asked the Russians to take no action that could jeopardise the 1980 Games due to be held in Moscow.
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Background: Canada -- and the difficulties in arranging a meeting between the missing Soviet Olympic diver, Sergei Nemtsanov, and Soviet Olympic officials in Montreal to discuss his desire to remain in the country. At one stage, the Soviet Union threatened to withdrew its team over the boy's disappearance from the Olympic village. But Canadian officials called off one proposed meeting after the Soviets wanted to send "too many people" to it.
Soviet officials claimed that the 17-year-old diver had been handed over to Canadian police after telling one of the Olympic hostesses that he was seeking asylum. Before the Soviet Union decided that it would stay in the Games, a Soviet official, Mikhail Efimov, was asked how far-reaching a boycott might be.