The Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity, Cameroun's Mr. Nzo Ekangaki, announced an appeal?
The Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity, Cameroun's Mr. Nzo Ekangaki, announced an appeal to members for a 'united voice' against Rhodesia's participation in the Olympic Games during a news conference in Ethiopia on Friday. (August 18).
Two days later, on Monday (August 21), the National Olympic Committees of Africa announced a unanimous decision to withdraw all their teams if Rhodesia was allowed to participate in the Munich Olympics, beginning on August 26.
At Friday's conference Mr. Ekangaki, speaking in French, said he had also sent messages to all non-African International Olympic Committee members asking them to 'show comprehension' so that a solution could be found allowing the largest number of countries to compete in the Games.
The liberation of the African continent from colonialism remained the O.A.U.'s principal political struggle, he said.
SYNOPSIS: The President of the I.O.C., Mr. Avery Brundage, meanwhile said on Monday that the issue of Rhodesia's participation was still partly a British affair -- although a British government spokesman denied this, and said Mr. Brundage was 'passing the buck', or evading his responsibilities in making a final firm decision in the face of African opposition.