Soviet Union: UK Policy on Sporting Links with South Africa and the Olympic Games in Moscow 1980
1 January 1979
A file of documents concerning Anglo-South African sporting links, and the 1980 Olympic Games to be held in Moscow. Subjects discussed in the file include British adherence to the Gleneagles Agreement, which discouraged contact between sportsmen from Commonwealth states and South Africa in response to apartheid; the implementation of the Gleneagles Agreement by other Commonwealth states; a visit by a British rugby team to South Africa; an invitation from the Home Rugby Unions to a South African rugby team to visit Britain; and the British government's response to this invitation. Other subjects discussed in the file include the possibility of Britain being banned from the 1980 Olympics; the possibility of other African countries boycotting the games in response to Anglo-South African sporting links; the Soviet response to Anglo-South African sporting links; and the state of segregation in sports in South Africa. Documents in the file include a Commonwealth statement on apartheid in sport.
south africa nigeria united kingdom france canada freedom of movement united nations apartheid australia third world dissidents international relations migrant workers new zealand olympic games public opinion race relations rhodesia soviet union visas diplomatic representation sport international organisations soviet foreign policy Anglo-Soviet relations british foreign policy Leonid Brezhnev Soviet press Soviet politics French politics public statements British politics Sport, Leisure, and Tourism military exchanges multilateral talks Anglo-South African relations British Commonwealth Anglo-Nigerian relations Nigerian politics