Blasts from the past


Blasts from the past

David Isaacson

Today in sports history: February 15
1966 — The South African Olympic and National Games Association decides at a meeting to send delegates to an International Olympic Committee meeting in Rome in April to fight for South Africa’s inclusion at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. But not everyone is in agreement, with two dissenting votes on the basis that South Africa should not have to apologise for its existence nor “explain our internal policies”. South Africa had been barred from the Olympics for the first time two years earlier, being prevented from competing at Tokyo 1964 because of its racist apartheid policies.
1993 — South Africa’s cricketers suffer another spectacular collapse against world champions Pakistan in a tri-series ODI in East London. Chasing a rain-reduced 172 in 31 overs, South Africa are 151/3 when Jonty Rhodes is bowled by Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram. South Africa lose their last seven wickets for just 11 runs as they are bowled out nine runs short of the target with five balls remaining.

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