The executive board of the International Olympic Committee met today to discuss proposals to circumvent the boycott of Moscow Olympic Games this summer that is being pressed by the United States to punish the Soviets for invading Afghanistan.
A proposal to let athletes participate as individuals if their governments vote to boycott the Games was brought before the nine-member executive board by a delegation of Western European national Olympic committees. IOC Director Monique Berlioux has already said she hopes the executive board will make a "favorable decision" on individual participation. She said today that the issue will be raised again when the executive board meets tomorrow with the 26 international sports federations.
"Individual participation would require a change in . . . the rules," Berlioux said today. "If the board makes a recommendation after tomorrow's meeting, this would have to be discussed by the ful IOC, because it's the IOC that decides." She added it is not certain that the change could be made in time for this summer's Games.
During the day, the Soviet Organizing Committee met with the West German Olympic Committee, whose president, Willi Daume, said the Soviets did not apply pressure to attend the Games. "They know we are free to make our own decisions," Daume said. The West German government has said it wants its athletes to boycott the Games.
Despite recent announcements that West Germany will recommend that its Olympic committee boycott the Games, a government spokesman said today West Germany would still pay the costs of sending a team to Moscow if the committee decides to go, Washington Post correspondent Bradley Graham reported from Bonn.
Spokesman Klaus Boelling told reporters that no conditions would be placed on the government's boycott recommendation and that no pressure would be exerted on the committee.
Vladimir Popov, the first vice president of the Soviet Organizing Committee, told the Paris sports newspaper L'Equipe today that the Soviet Union will ask for sanctions against the U.S. Olympic Committee for its boycott of the Moscow games.
"The USOC gave in to White House pressure that violates the letter and spirit of the Olympic charter," Popov said.