China has welcomed its re-admission to the Olympic Games -- after a break of 30 years.
China has welcomed its re-admission to the Olympic Games -- after a break of 30 years. The return of the Chinese follows a postal ballot among members of the International Olympic Committee, which has now recognised the Peking-based Chinese Olympic Committee. This means that athletes from mainland China and Taiwan can both take part in the 1980 Olympic Games at Lake Placid in New York and Moscow. Chinese officials have said privately that they're delighted --although they're not predicting that national anthem will be heard often at victory ceremonies. The officials admit that in most sports their athletes are below the world standard.
SYNOPSIS: The announcement of China's re-entry into the Olympic Games came as sports executives from around the world met in Moscow to prepare for coverage of next summer's events. The last time mainland China took part in Olympic television coverage was in its infancy. In the summer of 1980, television will bring the games to more than two billion people around the world.
Three thousand eight hundred foreign broadcasters will stream into Moscow to produce the coverage -- backed up by three thousand sports writers. And the man who has overall control of this broadcasting bonanza is Sergei Lapin -- the heard of the Soviet State Television and Radio Committee. He'll be talking with others at the seminar on methods of getting the best artistic results and of relaying the most information.
The broadcasters will be talking a keen interest in China's return to the Olympics. Seventy per cent of the International Olympic Committee voted in favour of Peking competing, on the understanding that Taiwan in offered an opportunity to remain in the Games. But Taiwan -- which has claimed to represent mainland China from its island exile -- has been told it must change the name of its sports committee, in addition to adopting a new flag and anthem. It's a problem Mr. Lapin -- and the rest of the world -- will be watching closely.