Now hear Lord Killanin, International Olympic Committee president, about keeping politics out of the 1980 Moscow Games: "I want to say categorically that the IOC selected Moscow fully aware of the problems, the political implications," Killanin told the British Sports Writers Association yesterday in London. "It is not compulsory to go to Moscow. It is not compulsory to take part in the Olympic Games. Let me assure you that anyone who demonstrates in the stadium will be dealt with immediately.
"If anyone demostrates at a medal ceremony, I will remove the medal as rapidly as possible."
George W. Johnson, the trainer who had a fatal heart attack working Javon Prattt's corner in the young light heavyweight's pro boxing debut against Biff Cline at D.C. Armory Friday night, used to manage and train the late D.C. top-notcher, Holly Mims. Mr. Johnson was an employee of the federal and District governments for 30 years, in property management with the D.C. Department of Housing and Urban Renewal at time of death; won an outstanding employee award in 1971. Services are at 1 today, Union Wesley Methodist Church, 18th Street and Michigan Avenue NE, for Mr. Johnson, whose charge, Pratt, fought to a six-round draw unaware of the tragedy that occurred during the third round.
Warren Brown, the sportswriter credited with coining Red Grange's everlasting nickname, "Galloping Ghost," is dead at 84.
The Cincinnati Reds closed their tour of Japan with a 12th straight victory, 3-2 over the Yomiuri Giants, for a 14-2-1 record - but, alas, Pete Rose's hitting streak ended at 16; he was blanked in five ups at Shizuoka yesterday. Rose called a press conference in Cincinnati today upon arrival home. To tell whether he's staying with the Reds, or what team he is joining, instead? Not yet; just to present 10 jeeps to the Cincy coaching staff, "something he wanted to do for the coaches and trainer." A goodbye present?
Bill Mallory, as expected, was fired yesterday as Colorado football coach. Five losses the last six games lowered his squad to 6-5, only 2-5 in the Big Eight, for five-year logs of 35-21-1 overall, 18-15-1 in the league.Mallory's departure was presaged when Ralphie, U. of C.'s buffalo mascot for 12 years, was retired to the Hidden Valley Ranch north of Boulder following the season finale Saturday. The 1,100 pounder goes back to Jerry Claiborne's time as a Colorado assistant; say goodbye, Ralphie.
The holiday turkey won't have much taste in the Jim Stanley household, either; Oklahoma State's sixth-year football coach was terminated, 35-31-2 after this season's 3-8 - and all those slush-fund stories running closer and closer to the surface in Stillwater.
Special golf event set next Sept. 10 at Country Club of Fairfax Fellowship of Christian Athletes National Pro-AM (and banquet). PGA tourists Andy Bean, Larry Nelson, Doug Tewell, Don Pooley early entrants with a projected 50 pros (LPGA, too), 200 amateurs to compete in fivesomes (pro on own ball, rest in scrambles); $10,000 purse for the pros. With proceeds earmarked for the FCA's Golf Fellowship, $300 donation will be required for entry. First & Merchants National Bank chief sponsor, with veteran area amateur standout Ralph Bogart tournament chairman.