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    The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday (August 22) withdrew it invitation to Rhodesia to participate in the 20th Olympiad, beginning in Munich, West Germany, on Saturday (August 26).

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    The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday (August 22) withdrew it invitation to Rhodesia to participate in the 20th Olympiad, beginning in Munich, West Germany, on Saturday (August 26).

    The decision, ending weeks of argument between the I.O.C. and African nations threatening a boycott of the Games, came with a 36-31 vote against Rhodesia by the I.O.C. in Munich on Tuesday (August 22).

    Reaction around the world to the decision : I.O.C. President Mr. Avery Brundege, in Munich, 'lamented that political pressures on the Olympic Games were becoming intolerable.'
    A senior member of the South African Olympic Committee -- although South Africa has been banned from the Games since 1964 -- expressed surprise at the decision.

    United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim would now attend the opening of the Games on Saturday, according to reports from New York.

    A leader of a leading banned Rhodesian African party, Edson Sithole, said 'the people of Rhodesia, black and white, should appreciate that we cannot continue to function as an international leper.'
    A West German Government spokesman declined to comment, but Foreign Ministry source were reported to be 'gratified' at the move.

    And Rhodesian sports officials in Salisbury, the Rhodesian capital, expressed 'bitter disappointment'.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADB4R86S5GK5G6B6L46IEE1LFY
    Media URN:
    VLVADB4R86S5GK5G6B6L46IEE1LFY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/08/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
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