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    There's been a mixed reaction from South Africa's sporting administrators to the Government's announcement of some relaxation of its policies on sport between people of different races.

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    CU Rudolph Opperman (Chairman South African Olympic Committee) speaking.

    CU Abdul Bhanjee (Coloured Soccer Federation) speaking.

    CU Mr. Justice Blen Franklin (President of the South African Lawn Tennis Union) speaking.

    OPPERMAN: "I think this to be the most important development in the history of South African sport. Whilst this will not necessarily mean the end of our difficulties, in fact whilst a number of significant problem areas remain, I do not have the slightest doubt that this might well herald an era in which our feet could be placed solidly in the direction of re-acceptance into international sport."

    REPORTER: "Does that mean a possible re-admission to the Olympics?"

    OPPERMAN: "I do not necessarily think that this would come about automatically. In fact I think a lot has to be achieved in terms of consensus on the part of the sportsmen of South Africa, and a lot of convincing will be necessary internationally, but at least it gives us a basis, whereby with confidence we could embark upon a new approach to the international scene."

    BHANJEE: "I foresee a league being established which will be a league established to control football at international level and this league will be completely multi-racial. This is what we have in mind, and this should ensure that FIFA or whoever is interested in playing against South Africa will be a team selected purely on merit, and this at the insistence of the footballers themselves, not the government or any other party. So this to me is a breakthrough indeed."

    FRANKLIN: "The South African Tennis Union welcomes the new sports policy which can, I think, be regarded as a distinct step forward. And we will now have to negotiate with our federal partner, the S.A.N.L.T.U. to arrange club league competitions in the various provinces."

    REPORTER: "Could it mean an easier time for Davis and Federation Cup players?"

    FRANKLIN: "As far as the international situation is concerned I do not think it makes much difference, because ever since 1969 our Davis Cup and Federation Cup teams have been selected strictly on merit and irrespective of race and colour."

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    Background: There's been a mixed reaction from South Africa's sporting administrators to the Government's announcement of some relaxation of its policies on sport between people of different races.The South African Sports Minister, Mr. Piet Koornhoff, announced on Thursday (23 September) that mixed race teams could represent South Africa overseas, and black, mixed race and white teams could play each other in league fixtures at home. Many sporting administrators said the announcement was a step in the right direction,but much more had to be done. Mr. Rudolph Opperman, Chairman of the South African Olympic Committee, Mr. Abdul Bhanjee of the Coloured Soccer Federation and Mr. Justice Blen Franklin, the President of the South African Lawn Tennis Union, gave their reactions to the Government announcement.

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