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Anthem / Sports #22867

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 16, 1973
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(Studio) Controversy arising over whether or not to play national anthem before sports events. Anthem may not be played at Olympic Invitational Track and Field Meet in New York. 3 members E. Michigan track team ignore anthem at Knights of Columbus meet over wkend. Entire team disqualified by meet officials.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(NYC) In 1968 Olympic games controversy over anthem began when Tom Smith and John Carlos gave black power salute during award ceremony. Action led to their dismissal from Olympic team. In 1972 Olympics, Vince Matthews and Wayne Collett ignored anthem during award ceremony. [Olympics spokesperson Edward MOSLER, Junior - says racial and political reasons involved in anthem controversy. Intends to omit anthem from meet rather than expose it to insult.] Officials at Madison Square Garden where meet to be held insist anthem will be played. So do many members Olympic committee Anthem now back on program.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker

Reasoner, Harry;
Tucker, Lem

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