The Kenyan National Sports Council on Wednesday (May 8) announced an end to sporting links with Britain because of the British Lions Rugby Tour of South Africa.
GV INTERIOR Mr. Lugonzo and newsmen (mute shot)
CU Mr. Lugonzo speaks.
MR. LUGONZE: "In view of the fact that the British Lions Rugby team has ignored the ruling of the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa and the advice given by the British Government on the proposed tour of South Africa, the Kenya National Sports Council has decided to cut off all sporting links with Britain until such a time that we are assured that bodies controlling sport in Britain will not allow their sportsmen or women to participate in sporting events organised by South Africa, or any other racist regimes. It should be noted that South Africa has been refused to participate in the Olympic Games and as such, any country that ignores world public opinion would be endangering her own position in the world sporting field."
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Background: The Kenyan National Sports Council on Wednesday (May 8) announced an end to sporting links with Britain because of the British Lions Rugby Tour of South Africa. The Council's Chairman, Mr. Isaac Lugonzo, told a news conference that any Kenyan athletes who participated in sporting events in Britain or alongside Britons would be regarded as "traitors" by the Kenyan sporting body.
Mr. Lugonzo said Kenya was enforcing a decision made at a meeting of the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa held in Tunis last month. The Council called on African national to impose a sports boycott on Britain if the Rugby tour took place.
Mr. Lugonzo had this to say at the news conference.