Newark, N. J. (Oct. 8)
Falling in line with the precedent set by the South Atlantic Association, the New Jersey Association of the Amateur Athletic Union last night instructed its six delegates to the national A.A.U. convention to oppose American participation in the Berlin Olympic games.
There are thirty-three regional associations which must hold conventions before the national parley Dec. 6.7 and 8 at the Hotel Commodore here. With Jeremiah T. Mahoney national president, pressing for the boycott, all the associations are expected to take some action.
An A.A.U. decision to boycott would virtually result in American withdrawal from the games, since the union controls most of the amateur athletes. Only amateurs may compete in the Olympics.
A movement to prevent college athletes (the only athletes who do not need A.A.U. sanction to participate) from going to Berlin was under way in colleges and universities throughout the country. Officials at Harvard University, Boston College and Columbia University have already voiced objections to allowing athletes to compete in the Berlin games. Fordham University and the College of the City of New York are among the institutions which are scheduled to take action shortly.
The New Jersey Association, by an open vote at its state convention adopted a resolution offered by Richard F. Hudson of Newark basing its action in instructing the delegates on “the treatment of various groups in Germany.”