A London-based protest group has emerged as a prominent figure in the Black African boycott of the Olympic games.
A London-based protest group has emerged as a prominent figure in the Black African boycott of the Olympic games. The group is SAN-ROC - the South African Non-Racial Open Committee for Olympic Sorts and it was this group that attended and advised meetings of Africa's Supreme Sports Council form the day New Zealand first decided to send a Rugby team to South Africa. When it became obvious that New Zealand would go ahead with the Rugby tour it was SAN-ROC that continued to lobby African countries to do something about New Zealand's attitude. In London on Wednesday (21 July ) SAN-ROC's secretary, Chris de Broglio, spoke to Visnews reporter, Paul Toulmin-Rothe, about the withdrawal of African athletes for the game and about the part SAN-ROC played.
SYNOPSIS: Shortly before the interview Mr. de Broglio and two SAN-ROC committee members Julian and Anthony Brutus, received a telegram from New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon. In his message Mr. Muldoon said that although his government was opposed to apartheid it did not believe in mixing politics and sport.