The flags of 40 competing nations were raised in a special village in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh today (Wednesday) as upwards of 2,000 athletes started to converge on Britain for the 1970 Commonwealth Games.
SV Newsmen PAN TO Nigerian team
SV Nigerian team walking through village
LV Sheep from coach window PAN TO Nigerian party
SV Commonwealth Games sign PAN TO stadium
SV Team leaving coach
GV Int. Stadium (2 shots)
SV Nigerian team limbering up
SV & CU Ian Ross (Technical Manager) with Awoture Eleyae, Nigerian Chief Coach (2 shots)
SV Team training
SV PAN Aboyade-Cole hurdling
SV left to right, G. Agbamu, Miss J. Bodunrin, M. Makam??? practising starts
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Background: The flags of 40 competing nations were raised in a special village in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh today (Wednesday) as upwards of 2,000 athletes started to converge on Britain for the 1970 Commonwealth Games. Meanwhile, athletes of Nigeria -- the first team to arrive in Edinburgh -- made an early start to training in the GBP2 million stadium built specially for the games.
Nigeria has sent a team of 23 athletes and 11 boxers to compete in the games, which start on July 16.
Only a few weeks ago, African nations threatened a massive boycott of the games. The crisis was only resolved when the South African cricket tour of Britain was cancelled.
The controversy over South African participation in international sport was resurrected by Nigerian team secretary Mr. Abraham Ordia at an Edinburgh news conference while his athletes were in training today.
While he was glad the Springbok cricket tour had been called off, Mr. Ordia felt that it was time for Britain to make a permanent choice between South Africa and the other Commonwealth African states in the field of international sport. He added that he hoped South African athletes would pressure their government into reconsidering apartheid policies.