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Carl Lewis and three Santa Monica Track Club teammates...

June 21, 1989

Carl Lewis and three Santa Monica Track Club teammates will not compete in a European meet this weekend between the United States, the Soviet Union, West Germany and Great Britain.

British officials in Birmingham, England, said they were barred by The Athletics Congress, but TAC official Pete Cava said the TAC had no power to bar anyone from a meet on British soil.

Cava said the British promoters had to choose between the officially sanctioned U.S. team or the sprinters.

Lewis and the others--Olympic 200-meter champion Joe DeLoach, Danny Everett and Floyd Heard--had planned to try to break the world record in the 800 relay Friday and Saturday. But the British Amateur Athletics board said it was told by TAC executive director Ollan Cassell that U.S. club teams would not be allowed to run against national teams in meets where the U.S. squad was competing.

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