Zambia's 40 athletes flew out of Montreal on Saturday (17 July) after withdrawing from the Olympic Games in protest at the International Olympic Committee's refusal to expel New Zealand over its sporting links with South Africa.
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MV Coach with police escort leaves village (2 shots)
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CU Kenyan team leader John Kasyoka speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: KASYOKA: "We in Kenya, along with all other African nations who have already decided and announced their stand on this issue and all other African countries who will follow the example of Kenya. And the other African countries regrets to announce that it will not take part in the Games of the 21st Olympiad, including the opening ceremony due to take place later today, until New Zealand is forced, or otherwise withdraws from these competitions."
The mass walk-out of the African and Arab countries turned the Games into a largely white Olympics. The withdrawals took place despite a warning by IOC president, Lord Killanin, that any country withdrawing for political reasons faced suspension from the Olympic movement.
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Background: Zambia's 40 athletes flew out of Montreal on Saturday (17 July) after withdrawing from the Olympic Games in protest at the International Olympic Committee's refusal to expel New Zealand over its sporting links with South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: Zambia was one of 21 Arab and African countries which withdrew from the Games over the IOC's refusal. They are angry at the New Zealand government decision to allow its rugby team to tour South Africa. The Nigerians were the first to leave. They went the previous day.
The Zambians had left the Olympic Village during the lavish opening ceremony at Montreal's expensive but unfinished stadium. Olympic officials were said to be shocked that a total of 22 countries failed to turn up for the ceremony. 17 African and four Arab countries had withdrawn over the New Zealand row. Taiwan pulled out in protest because it was refused permission to compete as the Republic of China.
The Kenyan delegation said their athletes would stay in the Olympic village for another two days, in the hope that New Zealand would be expelled by then. John Kasyoka explained their position.