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Olympics #466609

NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 08, 1972
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(Studio) International Olympic Committee executive board bars 2 black American athletes from further competition for life. Track stars Vince Matthews and Wayne Collett, gold and silver medalists in 400-meter dash, said to have acted with insulting behavior at awards ceremony. They did not stand at attention during playing of "Star Spangled Banner."
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Munich, West Germany) Film of awards ceremony shown. Crowd boos Collett when he returns for jacket, he gives black power salute. Collett and Matthews convince United States officials they meant no disrespect. United States committee President Clifford Buck asks international committee to review decision banning 2 runners. [MATTHEWS - says he and Collett had not planned action as a protest. They were merely happy race was over.] Black American basketball players might demonstrate at their medal ceremony if decision not reversed.
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Studio) Jim Ryun falls, is eliminated from 1500-meter run. Olympic committee rejects appeal to reinstate gold medal to swimmer Rick DeMont.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Hager, Robert

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