The Egyptian delegation to the Olympic Games announced on Tuesday (20 July) that it was withdrawing its 52-member squad from Montreal.
The Egyptian delegation to the Olympic Games announced on Tuesday (20 July) that it was withdrawing its 52-member squad from Montreal. Mr. Elashafei Abdelaziz, head of the Egyptian group, said the decision was an expression of support for African nations and a protest against racism in South Africa. The Egyptian announcement came only day after the Secretary-General of the All Africa Council of Sport (AACS), Jean Claude Ganga, blamed the boycott of the Olympic Games on what he termed as New Zealand's support for apartheid. He was speaking at a news conference in Montreal.
SYNOPSIS: But New Zealand's member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lance Cross, said that his government did not interfere with sport.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Cross was asked what he had said on his meeting with the Secretary-General of AACS.
A director of the IOC, Monique Berlioux, also spoke at the news conference. She was asked about possible sanctions against the boycotting countries.