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April 24, 1991

LONDON (AP) _ Track’s world governing body will send a three-man delegation to South Africa next month for a try at merging the nation’s three track organizations into a single and multiracial body.

The International Amateur Athletic Federation said Wednesday its delegation will visit South Africa May 8-12, led by Lamine Diack of Senegal, president of the African Amateur Athletic Confederation.

Other delegation members are Hassan Agabani of Sudan and Kenya’s Charles Mukora.

The IAAF said the group will hold talks with the South African Amateur Athletic Union, the South African Athletic Congress and the South African Amateur Athletic Board both together and separately.

Setting up an integrated track organization is one of the requirements South Africa must meet to rejoin the Olympic movement.


LONDON (AP) - Manchester won the designation on Wednesday as Britain’s candidate to stage the Olympics in 2000, beating London for the honor.

Two-time Olympic 1,500-meter champion Sebastian Coe was one of the biggest backers of London’s bid.

″I would like to say it’s an extraordinary event in my life to have beaten Sebastian Coe in a race,″ said Bob Scott, the key man behind Manchester’s bid.

Manchester got only five votes last year when the International Olympic Committee awarded the 1996 Games to Atlanta.

The IOC will decide on the site for the 2000 Games in September 1993. Among other cities bidding for the Games are Berlin, Beijing and Sydney.


GENEVA (AP) - AC Milan’s one-season ban from European club soccer was upheld Wednesday after an appeal hearing. The Italian team, winner of two consecutive Champions Cup titles, was suspended for quitting a quarterfinal match against Olympique Marseille last month.

Milan left the field after a partial floodlight failure with three minutes to play and refused to return when the lights went back on.

The French team was declared the winner, eliminating Milan from this season’s tournament.

UEFA’s five-member appeals jury Wednesday rejected a plea by Milan’s president to replace the suspension with a fine.


TOKYO (AP) - Former major leaguer Orestes Destrade hit his sixth home run of the season Wednesday as the Seibu Lions posted to a 4-1 victory over the Orix Blue Wave.


CHIBA, Japan (AP) - The first unified North-South Korean sports team started the World Table Tennis Championships Wednesday with two preliminary- round victories in women’s competition and one in the men’s event.

The 13-day tournament has drawn players from 109 countries and regions.

North and South Korea had not had a joint team since the peninsula was divided in 1945.

The United States women’s team played two matches and lost both, to Japan 3-0 and France 3-1.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - The Oceania amateur boxing championships scheduled for Lae in Papua New Guinea next month were canceled because of political unrest and poor entries, Sol Spitalnic, president of the Amateur Boxing Union of Australia, said Wednesday.

There has been violence in some cities in Papua New Guinea, while secessionist rebels continue to hold the rsland of Bougainville.

Australia won seven of the 12 titles in last year’s championships in Tonga.

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