The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received fresh written guarantees that there will be no political interference from the host countries for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow and Lake Placid, New York, the IOC President, Lord Killanin said in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday (12 October).
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KILLANIN: "Since 1896 there have been politics in the games and this is absolutely unavoidable, because the type of thing that happens is, you know, what is a country and what is a national Olympic committee. In the early days, Ireland didn't want to compete with the United Kingdom, Finland didn't want to compete with Imperial Russia. (...unintelligible..) from federations and from all those interested in sport, that if you enter you must not withdraw, if you don't like the politics of other people that you're going to play against or your government doesn't like their politics.
It's a serious problem, and one which has got to be faced realistically, I think, as this will very much be in the minds of all the subjects we discuss."
The IOC action in requesting guarantees that no nation should be excluded for political reasons, resulted from Canada's final decision not to allow Taiwan to compte in the Montreal Olympics despite earlier assurances that it would allow Taiwan to compete. Several nations also withdrew in protest at New Zealand's sporting ties with South Africa.
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Background: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received fresh written guarantees that there will be no political interference from the host countries for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow and Lake Placid, New York, the IOC President, Lord Killanin said in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday (12 October).
The IOC executive is meeting in Barcelona this week to study problems arising from the Montreal Olympics. Lord Killanin, an Irishman, said the sporting and television success of Montreal had been badly tarnished by political problems. He said new letters were written to Soviet and American games organisers asking for reiteration of guarantees. At a news conference later, Lord Killanin spoke about politics and the games.