In South Africa, a four-man delegation from the governing body of tennis, the International Lawn Tennis Federation, is holding an investigation to find out whether there is race discrimination in the sport there.
SV PAN: youngsters playing tennis.
SV: Mr Leslie Ashenheim, President of the Jamaican Tennis Federation (left) talking with President of Austrian Tennis Federation Dr Theodore Zeh beside a court.
SV: young men playing tennis.
SV: (left to right) Dr Zeh, Mr David Gray ILTF Secretary; M Philippe Chartrier, ILTF President, and Mr Ashenheim standing by a court.
LV: tennis court
CU: M. Chatrier speaks in English.
CHATRIER:"We are on a fact-finding mission here for the International Tennis Federation, to see what the situation is in the development of the game in South Africa, how it is organised, you know we're had some problems involving South African Tennis in our world-wide organisation. We are merely here to find out what the situation is, and report to our committee of management. While we are here, we'll try to make every contact and every improvement we can in communication between people, and listen to as many people as possible, and try to be positive in every way."
The black player selected for the Davis Cup Squad to meet the USA in the North American Zone Final next month is 18-year-old Peter Lamb. According to Judge Blen Franklin, he has been picked to gain experience and is not expected to play.
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Background: In South Africa, a four-man delegation from the governing body of tennis, the International Lawn Tennis Federation, is holding an investigation to find out whether there is race discrimination in the sport there.
SYNOPSIS: Their arrival coincided with the selection on Monday (13 February) of a black player for the South African Davis Cup squad. The President of the South African Tennis Union, Judge Blen Franklin, denied this was a window-dressing operation to impress the investigators.
The visiting delegation included Mr Leslie Ashenheim, on the left, President of the Jamaican Tennis Federation and his Austrian counterpart, Dr Theodore Zeh. They went to a black tennis club, in East rand, South of Johannesburg to talk to local tennis officials.
The two other members of the delegation are Mr David Gray, the Federation Secretary and its President, Monsieur Philippe Chatrier. He is to present a report on their findings in April, and gave this interview.