• Short Summary

    South Africa's own 'Do-it-Yourself' Olympic Games were officially opened in Johannesburg yesterday, (Saturday) by President Charles Swart, who declared that South African "fervently desire to have our athletes compete in the international Olympic Games and we still hope this may be accomplished".

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    South Africa's own 'Do-it-Yourself' Olympic Games were officially opened in Johannesburg yesterday, (Saturday) by President Charles Swart, who declared that South African "fervently desire to have our athletes compete in the international Olympic Games and we still hope this may be accomplished". But the President continued: "We in South Africa will continue to promote what we consider to be the best interests of sport in our country for all sections of our community".

    (At the same time, Mr. Otto Mayer, Chancellor of the international Olympic Committee, said in Lausanne, Switzerland; that South Africa must make a public statement in the Press and on radio that they were willing to abide by the Olympic rules if they wanted to compete in the Tokio Games in October.)
    The ceremony in the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, began with the arrival of the President, who was welcomed by Mr. Frank Braun, Chairman of the south African and National Games Association. After the President had officially declared the Games open, the Olympic flame was lit and all athletes taking part in the Games marched past President Swart. There followed a massed gymnastic display by over 600 girls and various exhibitions of folk and national dancing.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1TEKKZS00G8I636UX49AU1SV6
    Media URN:
    VLVA1TEKKZS00G8I636UX49AU1SV6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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