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    At a meeting of the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) in Canada on Thursday (22 July), it was decided to expel South Africa for practising discrimination in athletics.

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    At a meeting of the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) in Canada on Thursday (22 July), it was decided to expel South Africa for practising discrimination in athletics.

    SYNOPSIS: The delegates met in Montreal. The motion to expel South Africa came from the Soviet Union, Senegal and Sudan. The Senegalese delegate, Pata Gallo Thiam, said the South African Amateur Athletic Union was still exclusively white and received government support. But Mr. Hannes Botha, President of the South African AAU, denied Senegal's charges.

    The delegates then heard M. Jean-Claude Ganga, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA). He said that it was not possible to pretend that racial discrimination did not exist in South Africa. He thought it unfortunate that the expulsion of South Africa would affect black sportsmen as well as white, but there was no alternative. He said that if the expulsion move was defeated, it would only be delaying the inevitable.

    Before the delegates voted by secret ballot, Mr. Harold Abrahams of Britain said expulsion was not the best way to combat apartheid. He said that it was impossible to influence people if one had nothing to do with them and added that South Africa's non-white athletes would not benefit from being totally excluded from international sport.

    But the delegates decided by 227 votes to 145 to expel South Africa from the IAAF. The decision means that South Africa will be unable to take part in athletics events of any sort against foreign rivals.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA45NC08WQ5L799FW09D4G2KJ41
    Media URN:
    VLVA45NC08WQ5L799FW09D4G2KJ41
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/07/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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