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).
GV Munich hotel building (MUTE)
MV Delegates outside building. (MUTE)
MV Brundage arrives out of car. (MUTE)
SCU Rhodesian delegates leaving building. (MUTE)
MV Delegates enter car...car leaving. (2 shots)
CU Brundage speaks
SOF STARTS: "Out of seventy...
SOF ENDS: ....withdrawn."
AVERY BRUNDAGE: "Out of seventy ballots, thirty-six were to withdraw the invitation to the Rhodesian team. Thirty-one were for maintaining it, and three were blank. It seems the invitation to the Rhodesian team to participate in the Games of the Twentieth Olympiad has been withdrawn."
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Background: 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'.