Cynics suggested the Soviets would use their home-field advantage to the limit in the Olympics -- and today it was reported that the International Amateur Athletics Federation jury of appeals had been banned by Soviet officials from entering the infield during track and field events. Adriaan Paulen, president of the IAAF, has protested but without success, a federation council member told UPI, adding, "This is a scandal. How can our members of the jury do their work when they are stopped from entering the field and are sitting in a place where the sun is shining directly in our eyes.
"There have already been some doubtful decisions in the javelin and triple jump (Both events won by Soviet Athletes) but the IAAF cannot judge the rights and wrongs in such cases.
The jury is forced to sit on a bench at the bottom of the main stands, outside the track and well away from the competition areas, which are ringed by a row of security men in blue track suits, seated in the front row of the stands.
Australia's Ian Campbell argued fiercely that a triple jump that would have won him the gold medal was unfairly disallowed, and there were questions about the way Soviet gold medalist Dainis Kula's winning javelin toss of of 299 feet 2 inches was measured.