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    South Africa, cut off from most international sporting fixtures, is holding the World Bowling Championship in Johannesburg.

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    South Africa, cut off from most international sporting fixtures, is holding the World Bowling Championship in Johannesburg.

    The championships are being attended by sixteen teams from countries including Australia, Great Britain, the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Western Samoa and Malawi.

    Malawi, one of the few African countries taking part in championships -- fielded an all white team.

    South Africa, with its isolation from so many sporting events, is attaching great importance to the bowls championships. The event has cost the South African government more than 300,000 pounds sterling.

    As well as the initial outlay for staging the tournament, there are special commemorative stamps, and T-shirts have been produced with emblems on the front depicting the bowls championship.

    The championship is due to continue for seventeen days.

    SYNOPSIS: The Third World Bowls Championship is being held this year in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sixteen teams from throughout the world are taking part in the championships including Australia, the United States, Japan, Israel and Great Britain. The South African Prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster, greeted the competitors -- and appeared amused by a comment from the manager of the Australian them.

    South Africa, which is virtually isolated from international sporting events, is attaching great importance to the championships. The government has spent more than three hundred thousand pounds to stage the tournament. Special commemorative stamps have also been produced and shops throughout South Africa are selling T-shirts with Bowls emblems on the front. The Hong Kong contingent was one of the several non-white teams taking part.

    The large crowd gave an exceptionally loud welcome to the teams from New Zealand and Rhodesia. Another African country taking part, Malawi, fielded an all white team. The greens on which the championships are being played have been honed down to a fine degree.

    The championship took four years to organise. During that time, negotiations were carried out between the South Africans and other international bowling associations with the Utmost secrecy. This was done to avoid anti-apartheid demonstrations which might have caused some countries to withdraw from the competition. This would have robbed the event of its claim to be the World Championship.

    The championship is due to go on for seventeen days. There are five trophies at stake. Each team consists of five players who will compete in singles, pairs, triples and fours.

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