NEW YORK (Jan. 30)
Although the Israel Olympic Committee (IOC) has received an invitation from the United States Olympic Committee to participate in the upcoming Winter Games at Lake Placid during the early part of February, the Israelis have turned down the bid.
Chaim Glovinsky, Secretary of the Israel Olympic Committee, advised the United States officials, “Unfortunately we don’t have enough snow here in Israel to develop ice skaters and skiers. Therefore we shall not be able to send competitors who are capable of meeting the best from around the world.”
In addition to the invite to the IOC, the press department of the United States Olympic Committee advised Israel that it is entitled to send four media people to cover the Winter Games. This is very important because all future allocations for press representations from various countries are based on the number of correspondents who cover an aspect of the Olympic Games such as the Lake Placid competition.
Consequently, Israel has decided to fulfill its quota of four writers in order to make certain that in future Games that country will not be shut out or curtailed in any way so far as press representation is concerned.