TEL AVIV (Sep. 15)
The International Boxing Federation lifted its suspension of three Israeli boxers Thursday, allowing them to compete in the Summer Olympic Games which begins its two-week run in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday.
The boxers had been barred for touring South Africa last June, in violation of the international sports boycott of the apartheid state.
As a result, the Israel Boxing Federation was expelled from the international group.
The boxers nevertheless went to Seoul as members of the Israeli Olympic team.
They were reinstated after the Israeli federation explained to the international authorities that the boxing trio already has been disciplined for participating in South African tournaments secretly, and in defiance of explicit orders.