International Olympic Committee President Mr. Avery Brundage, said on Monday (August 21) that Britain bore?
International Olympic Committee President Mr. Avery Brundage, said on Monday (August 21) that Britain bore some measure of responsibility in the crisis over the participation of Rhodesian athletes -- a crisis made more serious the same day by the unanimous decision of the National Olympic Committee of Africa to withdraw their teams if Rhodesian athletes competed. He said that Britain claimed Rhodesia was still a colony -- and therefore was able to compete in the Games under the British flag according to the I.O.C.'s interpretation. But the I.O.C. was still looking into the matter, said Mr. Brundage, speaking in Munich where the games are due to begin on Saturday (August 26).
A British government spokesman, meanwhile, reacted to Mr. Brundage's statement by accusing him of 'passing the buck', or evading his own responsibilities in the issue.
Rhodesian athletes, meanwhile, continued training in the Olympic village while the crisis continued -- unwilling to comment very much, and pointing out that their teams were multi-racial anyway.