Sportsmen from African nations which boycotted the Montreal Olympics this year have been presented with certificated by Olympics chief Lord Killanin.
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LV & CU INT. Olympics chief Lord Killanin (standing) presents awards to students. (2 shots)
LV Officials and students applaud.
SVS AND CUS Killanin presenting more awards. (4 shots.)
CU Students seated.
CU Killanin interviewed
TOULMIN-ROTHE: "Lord Killanin, I notice there's been a number of Africans in this very interesting course from such countries as Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia. Does that mean there's been any change in the relationship between the Committee and African countries since the walkout from Montreal?"
KILLANIN: "The position regarding Montreal is the teams left mainly on the instructions of governmental sources or official sources. This course was arranged well before that and it certainly makes no difference to our attitude that we have for all the national Olympic Committees of Africa still. And it is our intention to go on over the Montreal situation. We will be meeting at the International Federation's Execution meeting in Barcelona next month and then we will have some more information because it's still fairly woolly, all the information we have, as to who didn't turn up and who pulled out etcetera so until we have the facts it's very difficult to judge any situation."
TOULMIN-ROTHE: "Will you be discussing this at Barcelona then?"
KILLANIN: "Yes, we will discuss it with out executive no doubt, and we will discuss it with the International Federation, and of course it must be remembered that the people basically effected by this were the competitors, and the international federations who run the technical side of the competitions, and naturally the organising committee. These will be studied to see exactly what happened and to make sure it doesn't happen again."
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Background: Sportsmen from African nations which boycotted the Montreal Olympics this year have been presented with certificated by Olympics chief Lord Killanin. They were attending a high level sports administration course under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee's Solidarity Movement, which ended on Friday (17 September) at Sussex University in Britain.
The completion certificates were presented at the end of the four week course by Lord Killanin, President of the International Olympic Committee. The Montreal Olympics were marred by a mass walk-out of African countries in a protest against New Zealand's sporting links with South Africa, who's racial discriminatory policies also cover sport. Representatives of some of the African countries involved in the walkout received certificates today. The first was Lance Gibbs, Sports Co-ordinator for Guyana.
Leonard Hector, Chairman of the National Sports Council in Antigua.
Musa Kasonka, Director of Sports, Zambia.
Dunstan De Alwis, Vice President of the Sri Lanka Football federation and Olympic Council member. Afterwards, Visnews reporter Paul Toulmin-Rothe asked Lord Killanin about relations between the Olympic Committee and African nations.