Athletics....and about 230 athletes from nine African countries arrive in Edmonton on Saturday (29 July)?
Athletics....and about 230 athletes from nine African countries arrive in Edmonton on Saturday (29 July) to participate in the 11th Commonwealth Games. Their arrival ended the fears of a repeat of the mass boycott staged during the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The withdrawal of Nigeria from the Games last Wednesday (26 July) in protest against alleged New Zealand sports links with South Africa had lead to the fears of a mass African boycott. The Games Village in Edmonton began filling up with the arrival of the African teams and there was a flurry of activity in the competition venues.
SYNOPSIS: Delegations from six African nations arrived in Edmonton on Saturday on a flight from Algiers. Nine of the 13 African Members of the Commonwealth now seem certain to march in the opening ceremony on Thursday (3 August).
The delegations were welcomed to Edmonton by the Games President Doctor Maury Van Vliet.
The athletes settled down to the tense final days of training while Jean Claude Ganga, the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of African Sport held a news conference.