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Summer Olympics 1976 / Defections / Nemtsanov #44644

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 30, 1976
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(Studio) 17-yr.-old Russian diver requests asylum in Canada. Soviet Olympic committee angry, says he's under age of consent, but Canada officials considering request.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Montreal, Canada) Sergei Nemtsanov is 1 of 4 seeking asylum in Canada; 2 others Romanian, 1 unidentified. Soviets have appealed for his return; think he was influenced by a woman; say he's under age so granting asylum is illegal. [Immigration spokesperson Patrick GAUDREAU - can't determined Nemtsanov's state of mind when he came to immigration officials. Must respect privacy of client.] Canada immigration officials expect more to request asylum. In Munich games in 1972, 119 asked to stay in West Germany.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Reasoner, Harry

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