Boycott Blues

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The South African connection

Because of South Africa's abhorrent racial policies, generations of golfers, tennis players, cricket teams and rugby clubs from that sports-minded country have endured boycotts and other sanctions. But now a number of Third World foes of apartheid have come up with a new, potentially more devastating weapon: a boycott against athletes from other nations guilty of playing in, or having other ties to, South Africa. Last month Nigeria detained three visiting British tennis pros because they had played the South African summer circuit. Guyana expelled a visiting British cricketer with South African connections, only to have the entire English team leave in a huff before the first match was played. Then, earlier this month, Trinidad canceled a planned visit by the Tampa Bay Rowdies because three of the soccer team's players come from South Africa.