Prince Philip appeals for preservation of amateur spirit in sport at Olympic Committee dinner.
Grosvenor House, London.
GV. Duke of Edinburgh at the top of table rises to start his speech - lead in for voice. SV. People sitting at tables. SV. Duke speaking (natural sound): "...that, the Government should take a hand in this, this is monstrous that something so important should be left in the hands of volunteers and should think they probably add incompetent to that... (laughter) which I can assure you is unkind and, I think, probably unjust. But I think its quite wrong this attitude, the team we want to send should be composed of amateurs and not of temporary civil servants... (laughter)". SV. Duke speaks: "Let us send the best party we can, and I sincerely hope that the number will not be limited by any lack of money, and incidentally lets show the rest of the world that a free people can do to help themselves, and let us hope also that our team will win a lot of medals but winning or losing, it is much more important that they should come home having added lustre to the reputation of British sportsmanship."
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