SA already has a first in Tokyo Olympic Games

In 1964 the Games were in the Japanese capital, but apartheid SA was barred

18 July 2021 - 00:00 By david isaacson

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Chad Le Clos and Wayde van Niekerk will spearhead a multi-pronged attack for SA firsts at the Tokyo Olympics, which kick off for real on Saturday.

Just getting to the Japanese capital is unique for a nation that was barred for its racist apartheid policies the last time the Games were staged there, in 1964. The SA Olympic committee even attempted some window dressing by naming a handful of black boxers and athletes to the provisional team, but nobody bought it...

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