Zola Budd returns to SA

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Zola Budd

Monday, 9 May 1988

World famous South African athlete Zola Budd, who had emigrated to Britain in 1984 to take part in the Los Angeles Olympic Games, announced that she has decided to withdraw from international athletics and to return to SA permanently. In April 1988, her name was added to the UN blacklist and it seemed likely that the British Olympic team would be banned from the next Olympics if she were included. Budd competed in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, though with less success than she had previously enjoyed when she captured world imagination as a shy teenager running barefoot and winning one world record after the other in the early 1980s. 

References:
• South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 38).

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