INTRODUCTION: Sir Ronald Scott, who organised the Christchurch Commonwealth Games three years ago, told newsmen last week that he believed New Zealand may not be competing in the 1978 Edmonton Games in Canada.
CU Ronald Scott talking to reporter.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: SCOTT: "I've persuaded Africans to listen to the New Zealand point of view, to keep the temperatures down and some occasions was able to say things on behalf of New Zealand in African caucuses, that in the long run made the difference between New Zealand being venued for 1974 or Australia. So if he's suddenly become a campaigner against New Zealand, we have lost a very influential friend."
REPORTER: "If it does come to a showdown, why do you expect New Zealand to withdraw?"
SCOTT: "I don't think I've ever said that, I believe there's still a good chance for African countries and New Zealand to be there. There's no reason why they shouldn't have some common sense and the avoidance of unnecessary conflict.
But, if it continues, the way it has been, I believe that there may either be no Africans there or no New Zealanders. And if those two countries, I hope it doesn't come to this of those two countries, I believe that perhaps it will be the New Zealanders not there."
African countries first began boycotting New Zealand last year at the Montreal Olympic Games. Hundreds of athletes withdrew following the decision by African governments to boycott New Zealand because of its sporting ties with South Africa.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Sir Ronald Scott, who organised the Christchurch Commonwealth Games three years ago, told newsmen last week that he believed New Zealand may not be competing in the 1978 Edmonton Games in Canada. Mr. Scott bases that belief on the recent pro-boycott stance advocated by one of New Zealand's best allies in the past, the Secretary of the Kenyan Council of Sports, Mr. John Kasyoka.