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U.S. Bars More Athletes From Games in Moscow

July 07, 1986|Associated Press

MOSCOW — As the competition continued today at the Goodwill Games so did the controversy as three more members of the military and five support personnel were banned by the Pentagon, American organizers said.

There were conflicting reports on how many athletes were involved in the ban. A Soviet official said the latest announced ban applied to eight Americans and that a total of 13 boxers were not participating.

But a spokesman for Turner Broadcasting Systems, which is co-sponsor of the games with the Soviets, said today that the Defense Department ban applied to nine boxers, a boxing coach, a manager and a doctor, as well as two handball team players and a competitor in the modern pentathlon.

Five support personnel for the handball players and a pentathlete were also barred from taking part in the games, the spokesman said.

Pentathlete Mike Burley, an Army captain from San Antonio, and team handball goalkeepers Kathy Callahan of the Air Force, from Danville, Calif., and the Army's Ruth Crowe, of Allandale, Mich., were already in Moscow when they were told they would not be allowed to compete, the spokesman said.

Last week, a Pentagon official in Washington said Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger had decided to bar 10 U.S. military boxers from the games.

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