Africa has threatened to boycott the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Canada in New Zealand retains its sporting links with South Africa and takes part in the Games.
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LV INTERIOR President of Supreme Council for Sport in Africa, Abraham Ordia seated facing newsmen
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PRESIDENT OF SUPREME COUNCIL FOR SPORT IN AFRICA, ABRAHAM ORDIA: "Will New Zealand be taking part in these games, while continuing her sporting relations with South Africa? That's a question that has to be answered first. And to make things even more complicated there's been a lot of provocative statements, both from the organisers and officials of the Commonwealth Games Federation. Most of these statements are given headlines in Africa. Coming from the highest President of the Federation it sounds very provocative. A man by the name of Mr. Bill Young, who is the Vice President of the Commonwealth Games Federation he said Africans were not missed in Montreal and would not be missed in Edmonton. Eleven white nations founded the Games 45 years ago and they will compete in Edmonton. If the African nations choose to withdraw its entirely their business and the Commonwealth Games will go on'. Well, I don't know, if that's the way they feel -- we wouldn't mind, we wouldn't mind at all -- be prepared to kick us out -- we're ready. I've said this time and time again -- the Commonwealth Games, the Olympics, anything we don't mind -- no sacrifice is too great. The New Zealand government spokesman must not obey the Prime Minister Mr. Muldoon himself, frequently makes disparaging remarks about African leaders, abusive (indistinct) on this issue. 'We will not be blackmailed -- we are not interested in the Ordias of this world. Ordia may gland stew himself in his own Juice'. These are the words of Muldoon -- a Prime Minister. I have heard it said that racial discrimination -- that there is racial discrimination in many countries -- that maybe so. But it is only in South Africa that the government has resolutely set its face against racial tolerance and has adopted racial discrimination as its declared official policy."
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Background: Africa has threatened to boycott the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Canada in New Zealand retains its sporting links with South Africa and takes part in the Games.
SYNOPSIS: The President of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa, Abraham Ordia, told a news conference in London, England on Wednesday (November 17) that New Zealand was being provocative in its attitude towards black Africa.