Friday, May 16, 2008


1896, Athens and 1900, Paris: Black athletes not allowed to participate. Gain entry only at the 1904 St Louis Games

1936, Berlin: Calls for boycott to protest against the Nazis' anti-semitic, murderous policies, but the IOC doesn't heed them. Black athlete Jesse Owens bags four golds, demolishing the myth of Aryan supremacy.

1956, Melbourne: Spain,Switzerland and the Netherlands stay away over the Soviet invasion of Hungary. As do Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq over the fight to control the Suez canal. China boycotts over Taiwan's participation. At the games, the Russian and the Hungarian water polo teams clash, shedding blood.

1968, Mexico City: To protest against the state of blacks in their country, US athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists in black salute. They are expelled from the Olympic Village.

1972, Munich: Palestinian militant group Black September kills two Israeli athletes and kidnaps another 9. They and the 5 kidnappers are killed during a rescue attempt.

1976, Montreal: 28 African nations pull out in protest against New Zealand playing rugby with SA, which was suspended from the Olympic movement in 1964 because of it's apartheid policy.

1980, Moscow: 62 nations heed the US call for a boycott, in protest against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

1984, Los Angeles: Russia retaliates and leads the Eastern Bloc to boycott the Games.

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