UNITED NATIONS — Dumped as UNICEF's good-will ambassador, two-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker said today that he will continue to help raise funds for needy children.
In the message to Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar, the West German protested the U.N. agency's action, taken after he declined to make a commitment not to play tennis in South Africa under the apartheid regime there.
"I will be 20 years old this year and I am a good professional tennis player, but I think that I am too young to enter politics," Becker said.
He said that before UNICEF named him to its celebrity roster of good-will ambassadors in April, 1986, it was aware that he had played junior tennis in South Africa. But there was no mention that he should make a statement about apartheid, which he opposes, he said.