Zola Budd and Annette Cowley are banned from the Commonwealth Games


Commonwealth Games flag

Sunday, 13 July 1986

On 13 July 1986 Commonwealth Games officials in London ruled that two South African born athletes, Zola Budd and Annette Cowley, could not participate in the Commonwealth Games as athletes for England. The Commonwealth Games was to commence in July of the same year (1986) in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The governing body of Games were already faced with the boycott of five black African nations - Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. This was direct consequence of Britain's refusal to support economic sanctions against the apartheid government of South Africa.

• Anon, (n.d.), ‘Budd, Swimmer Banned From Games In Scotland’from Daily News [online] Available at www.articles.philly.com [Accessed: 06 July 2011]
• Boddy-Evans A. (2011), ‘This Day in African History: 13 July’ from African History [online] Available at www.africanhistory.about.com [Accessed: 06 July 2011]

Last updated : 12-Jul-2013

This article was produced by South African History Online on 07-Jul-2011

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