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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

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WytJievffle (Ark.) Courier News - Tuesday, 7, 198T - Page Nln« 51 US SI AM Ivan Interested In Sports Income By MURRAY OLDERMAN NEW YOIIK-(NEA)—The Russian athlete runs as though he's frightened that he'll lose his job. That's the impression Ollan Cassell carried away from his years of competition in track against the Soviet Union. Cassell was a champion quarter-miler who's now an adminis: trator for the Amateur Athletic Union. "Sport," said Bill Bradley, "was to transcend his normal existence. It gave him the opportunity to travel, to have a ., better apartment and maybe to get more rubles. Bradley is the Princeton man who played basketball against the Russians in the 1964 Olympics. He's now an Air Force lieutenant waiting to get out and play pro basketball. Cassell got to be buddies with Vadim Arkhipchuk, the " Russian 400-meter ace, when lie ran for the American team * against the Russians in Kiev in 1965. Kiev was Vadim's home « town He had just acquired his own car and drove Ollan '"•• around proudly. They stopped at a Russian open air joint and 1 had ice cream, but Vadim never took him home. "I have to ask Korobkov," answered Vadim. Gabriel " Korobkov was head of the Russian track and field forces. ; "Friendship with Soviet athlete can't be like with, say, lelo (a version of American football). Supposedly, there are no professional athletes in Russia (that kind of unsavory busi- ;;for new worm's rccurus aim ness is res t r j c ted to "bourgeois" ^championships for our loyalty to j soc jeties). But when someone V.the Communist party . . . andjshows unsua i athletic prowess, -our confidence in the victory of ne fim ] s ne devotes less time to 2our cause." (Pravda, July 19, the asse rnbly line and more on the practice field. .» By IRA BERKOW * NBA Sports Writer ' "It is our task ceaselessly to ••develop .. sport... to struggle ;;for new world's records and . Quite by chance, he locates a better apartment and even his caviar tastes better. Internationally, every Soviet triumph proves—to Communists, anyway—the superiority of their system and the decadence of capitalistic countries. When a Russian basketbal team, for example, defeated an American squad in a world tournament in Santiago, a leftwing Chilean newspaper crowed: "When it conies to shooting at the moon or at the basket, the U. S. cannot keep up with the Russians." That the American team was a third-rate Air Force pick-up squad seemed of little "1954.) £ NEW YORK -(NBA)- After «the 1956 Olympic Games in '.Melbourne, there was much joy "in the Kremlin for the home "team had won out. J The Russians, for the first ?time, had captured more Oly- -mpic medals than any other nation, beating the United States v n-H in medals won. ' It was particularly juicy for "propaganda purposes since the i' Games were on the eve of the ' ; 40th anniversary of the "Great ^October Socialist Revolution." T "Soviet athletes," trumpeted '•a state pamphlet, "were reporting to the world on the progress "made by physical culture and * sport during 40 years of Soviet .rule." ••' The Russians followed up " their 1956 victory by again win- ;,;ning the most medals in the 1960 "and 1964 games. .. As they now celebrate the 1 ••50th anniversary of the 1917 ; Bolshevik coup, the Russians •are planning to continue their •'dominance in the 1968 Olym- ,"; pics in Mexico City. r; All hammer-and-sickle wav- 1 ing aside, it has been a glorious !; comeback. •• The 1912 Olympic Games in "Stockholm, the one preceding ., "the Revolution, found the Rusi' : 6ian team in chaos—similar to " its army in World War I. Athletes and squads were se:' lected on a casual basis. Bitter •'intercity rivalries erupted over '•who should represent Russia. •; Training programs were disorganized. At the Games, Russia '.' won no gold medals and finished •' in a tie for 15th place with Aus- l. tria. " Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov — •" known to Politboro eulogists ',{as N. Lenin-started a move>.' ment in Moscow in 1917- that * eventually changed all that. "• He led the nearly bloodless I revolt that overthrew the czar- Jist regime,, put the Communist •'< party in power, set up a ' "dictatorship of the proletar- •'•• iat" and instituted Marxism. i ! Soon after, Lenin got around ;; to important matters. He or*< ganized a program of mass ^ physical culture which now em- " braces over 50 million Russians % —or every fifth person in the * U.S.S.R. J Physical culture and sports, J as almost everything else there, •- are made to serve national inter- J ests. First, athletics is believed " necessary for developing healthy " citizens, and strong bodies do y more work. Second, Soviet suc- « cesses make good propaganda * abroad. a All athletic pursuits are con- 5 trolled by the Union of Sports « Sovieties of the U.S.S.R. It is % attached to Hie Council of Min- unity's'Bob Giersberg won «isters and is equivalent to a ^ [our . mile race in 19;51 .5 ft U.S. cabinet post. the English," noted Bradley, "because there's this governmental barrier. I never initiated contacts because I didn't know if it would be detrimental to them. They would always take my address and say,-'Wait till I write you.' "But I knew I would never get a letter from them. I never have. A couple of summers ago, Bradley, studying in England on a Rhodes scholarship, drove 2,300 through the Soviet Union. On the Polish-Soviet border, the Russian guards found a football in the car. Bradley and his companions prompt showed them how to play touch football. "I enjoyed the Russians as a people," said Bradley. "Once you were able to penetrate the barrier that existed because of the postwar atmosphere of surveillance—which. was later relaxed and they realized they could talk-they were a very warm, very frank people. ' "They were very proud of what they had done athletically, and as Russians. A man would pull out a cigarette case and say to me, 'See, these are just as big as Chesterfields.' "We camped once 60 miles south of Moscow. It was late at night and we were putting up our tent. Some young people came around to help. They were members of a track team, from eastern Siberia. One kid who was 16 had written on his gym bag, 'Coca Cola—Rock 'n' Roll.' " This was the Soviet version of being "cool." But Bradley found there was a bridge between the athlete and the man on the street. . • "The Russian would say, 'Come drink vodka with me,' " related Bill. "The athlete was a little more disciplined and rigid They were hesitant to talk about life in the Soviet Union except to show you pictures of their children. Their interests are quite materialistic. They want to know how much money Wilt Chamberlain makes." Cassell had similiar reactions: "They were mainly concerned in their performances, competing and training. They didn't like to discuss politics or ideology. 'We're sportsmen,' they said. Their coaches laid down the strategy for a race. It was all plotted out, like a pro football team preparing for a game." In Italy once a Russian basketball player showed Bradley how he practiced a shot 1,000 times from a single spot on the floor. "When he got to that one spot," admitted Bradley, "he was deadly. But their players are regimented into one system. They have no innovative sense. They're not like our playground guys who learn how to cope with five different situations at the same time. . "There's also a certain amount of bitterness in their lives. There was a logger who stood 7-3. They said, 'You're a basketball player.' He wasn't really interested. I got a feeling that many would have enjoyed staying in Leningrad and Kiev instead of coming to Moscow to be basketball players. But to a man who has met them, Soviet athletes like Valery Brumel and Igor Ter-Ovanesyan, who set world records in the high jump and long jump, respectively, seemed normally adjusted and affable. . . "Ter-Ovanesyan and Brumel aren't typical, insisted Bradley. "They're the superheroes. There's a vested interest Remembered here are some lines that Ter-Ovanesyan, an extraverted Armenian, wrote for Sports Illustrated: . "I love sport for its creative power. I love it lor its independence. I love it for its cleanliness." And for its rewards. Wrestling Card At Legion Arena A grudge match between Corica Joe and Antonio Marino | versus Bull Montana and Tarn-1 ayo Solo features tonight's i vrestling card at Blythcville's \ Legion Arena. The one hour, best two of hree falls lag team match will ie preceded by a one hour bout ielween Billy Mines, a native of Paragould, and newcomer Jim Steel. QUARTER-MILERS Vadim Arkhrpchuk of Russia, right, and Ollan Cassell of the U.S. in an embrace ,J '"erniship was drawn as a Christmas greeting by Robert Riger lor ABC. MEXICO CITY (AP) - Fill- ] genciq Salazar, 21, of Mexico ,ied Monday o! injuries sus- ained in a massive pile-up dur- ig the 2,190-kilometer Around- Mexico bicycle race. Eight of he 51 riders who crashed Sun- lay remained hospitalized. For TIGERS only ... long & lean Panetela GO KING EDWARD America's Largest Selling Cigar MAKE WARDS YOUR INSTALLATION HEADQUARTERS HERE ARE JUST A FEW OP THE ITEA1S WE INSTALL: • Roofing and Guttering • Combination Windows and Doors • Centra! Heating and Air Conditioning • Water Heaters and Softeners • Siding and Insulation • Wood Wall Paneling • Customized Kitchens • Bathroom Outfits • Recreation Rooms • Patio Covers ; Comfort condition your home: with a quick call to Wards. Let one of our experts call on. you for a free estimate. You have up to 1 years to pay at Wards. /UtONTGOMERY WARD Pho. PO 3-1100 Day Shopping Center Pacers Pace ABA Division s»»« ,,*xi „ .!maimif**m.,..^:--.rjm*mnm*ev,^m - ,- •—— - • THE SUPERHEROES of Russian athletics have been highjump champ Valery Brumel, left, and long jumper Igor Ter-Ovanesyan, right, sharing spaghetti m a New York restaurant with distance runner Evegny Momotkov. significance. '' Yuri Mashin, chairman of the Central Council of the Union of Sports Societies of the U.S.S.R., recently wrote how the Kremlin keeps the nation physically fit: "Every morning, before work, at 6 a.m., 7:20 and 8:20, the radio broadcasts 15 minutes of setting-up exercises. The program is repeated at 11 a.m. for those who want to limber up their 15-minute break..." In America, working comrades limber up on their breaks, too. they do elbow 'bends around the water cooler. By THE ASSOCIATED ! The Indiana Pacers lead the Eastern Division of the American Basketball Association and the Kentucky Colonels are [earning it the hard way. The Pacers beat the Colonels a third straight time 105-95 Monday night in Louisville, Ky., for their eighth victory in 10 games and increased their lead to two games over Minnesota and Pittsburgh. New Orleans showed its early domination of the Western Division by oulseoring Oakland 136125 in New Orleans for the Buccaneers seventh triumph against one loss. * •* * In the only other ABA game, Denver posted a home-court victory in whipping Anaheim 121-100. There were no National Basketball Association games scheduled. Kentucky stayed close for 2V4 periods before the Pacers opened the gap and maintained about a 10-point lead the rest of the way. Freddie Lewis finished with 33 points for the Pacers while Randy Mahaffey had 23 for Kentucky. "it looks sporty, yet it has class'.' Mrs. Joyce Cotter, housewife, with daughters Cynthia and candace. TOKYO (AP) — West Germany's Willie Quatuor, the World Boxing Association's top-ranked challenger, today formally signed a contract for a Nov. 16 title fight against world junior welterweight boxing champion Paul Fuji, a former Marine from Hawaii. The '68 Buicks with the new CM safety features are at your Buick-Opel dealer's. McWafers Motor Company, Broadway & Walnut Rlytheville, Ark. In every hamlet and factory, Giersberg Takes Four-Mile Run JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) Abilene Christian won the team championship in the Southland Conference cross-country meet here Monday but Arkansas State " Iversity's fi- 1 - ^ : --- 1 -"-'' ••"•" .j four-mile Abilene Christian finished with 28 points and ASU had 35. "' and on farms from the Ukraine ' government. t Sports clubs like Trud (trade * union), Urozhai (farm workers), "» Dynamo (secret police) and " Bureveslnik (students) compete ]". in local, regional, district and ••• rational competition, Events In£ elude everything from soccer, ••• Ice hockey, cycling and chess to «, lopta (a form of baseball) and ty, did not compete. Abilene's Al VanTroba ished second in 20:11 and teammate Kenny Link was third in 20:13. It was the fourth straight SLC cross-country championship for Abilene but the first time on» of its runners did not capture the individual title. PLENTY OF WATER thfc difference And our goal is always to provide plenty of water... when and where you need it. BLYTHEVILLE WATER CO.

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