The Gleneagles Agreement

In the 1977 Gleneagles Agreement, Commonwealth Presidents and Prime Ministers, as part of their support for the international campaign against apartheid, agreed to end contact and competition between their athletes and sports organizations, teams or individuals in South Africa. The agreement was unanimously approved by the Commonwealth of Nations meeting in Gleneagles, Perthshire, Scotland. [1] [2] “The agreement was a victory for all Commonwealth countries, because they had all agreed to do their best efforts… Breaking the apartheid system in sport,” said British Prime Minister James Callaghan, adding that each country would strive to “maintain and strengthen” the consensus negotiated at the summit. The Gleneagles agreement should never have illuminated the light of the world. It`s undisputed blackmail, and the sooner he`s brought back to calm, the better. If my friend Hon is the minister of sports, he should defend the athletes, because the vast majority of athletes in this country want to participate in the sport all over the world, which excludes South Africa. If, as intellectuals tell us in the media and elsewhere, reason, debate and discussion are the way to move the world forward, it is certainly right that it should be brought into sport so that athletes from Western countries such as the United States, France, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom can travel to South Africa and show South Africans how to play sport beyond colors. beliefs and different countries can work. In 1977, Muldoon joined the Gleneagles Agreement, a pact between Commonwealth leaders to prevent sporting contacts with South Africa, which at the time had an apartheid policy – a separate development for its black and white citizens. In 1981, however, he refused to prevent a highly controversial tour of New Zealand for the Springbok rugby team in South Africa. This cartoon by Peter Bromhead deplores the resulting damage to New Zealand`s international reputation. Unfortunately, this agreement has become a mere political weapon for all those who want revenge on South Africa.

Indeed, these people have had a seriousness that they do not deserve. As Parliament knows, they have now integrated the United Nations into a treaty and an agreement that does not concern them at all. The agreement limited South Africa`s ability to compete in international competitions involving sports such as rugby and cricket, which tended to dominate Commonwealth countries, and helped increase international pressure on the regime.