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    TOKYO, JAPAN

    The Soviet athletics team was warmly applauded at the opening of the third World Track and Field Championships in Japan on Friday (August 23).

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    TOKYO, JAPAN

    The Soviet athletics team was warmly applauded at the opening of the third World Track and Field Championships in Japan on Friday (August 23).

    Pole-vaulter Sergei Bubka and three other Soviet athletes left for Japan in the middle of this week's abortive coup, and other members of the 100-strong delegation followed on a day later as the putsch collapsed. International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) officials had earlier expressed fears that the Soviet athletes might not turn up.

    The championships have attracted 1,705 athletes from a record 168 countries, more nations than competed in the 1988 Olympics. One of the few nations missing is South Africa.

    The IAAF congress decided on Tuesday not to readmit South Africa to the sport, giving as one of its reasons the lack of unity in South Africa's ruling body. The South African Amateur Athletic Association had earlier decided not to send a team here, but a group of South African athletes flew to Tokyo to lobby for their country's inclusion in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

    The competition will run from Saturday (August 24) to September 1 in the 60,000-seat National Stadium site of the 1964 Olympics. There will be 43 finals, 24 for men, 19 for women.

    Source: BBC/NTV

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    Film ID:
    VLVA51PIAC6WQH3U1WKAMC9ZZOEEU
    Media URN:
    VLVA51PIAC6WQH3U1WKAMC9ZZOEEU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
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    N/A

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