WASHINGTON (Jun. 15)
The Amateur Athletic Union, headed by Avery Brundage, rejected an Israel complaint against its being banned by Spain from the Mediterranean regional Olympic Games in Barcelona beginning July 16, Congressman Emanuel Celler revealed here today. The AAU action occurred at a meeting in Paris Monday, he said.
In a blast against Mr. Brundage, who heads both the American and International Olympic Committees, Rep, Celler noted that in 1936 Mr. Brundage, in the face of popular protests, insisted upon American participation in the Olympic Games which were held in Hitler-ruled Berlin that year. This time, however, Rep. Celler said, Mr. Burndage has departed from his insistence that sports must not be mixed with politics and has sanctioned the anti-Israel campaign of the Arab states which has resulted in Spain’s failure to invite Israel to the regional games.