Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 11, 1976 · Page 43
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 11, 1976
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3D -July 11, 1976 Sunday Ga»eU*Mail Ch»rl«fon, West Virainli Getting Into the Swing of Things Is President Ford He Uncorks a Toss With the Discus as U.S. Olympians Watch -APWirephoto t Short Discus Toss by Ford Highlights Olympic Sendoff By Frank Cormier PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - President Ford demonstrated he is unlikely to set any records as a discus thrower Saturday, then bade farewell to Montreal-bound members of the U.S. Olympic team. "We're proud of you," he declared. Mingling with track and field athletes working out at the State University of New York branch here, Ford hefted a 4.4 pound discus and, trying his luck at one of the classic Olympic events, gave It a heave. Bystanders estimated the President's toss covered about 20 feet --"a little shy of the world record," one athlete said with considerable understatement. The world discus record is 226 feet, held by John Powell of the United States. A record of 232 feet 6 inches by Mac Wilkins of the United States is pending approval. After watching the track and field stars work out Ford told them they go to Montreal with "the full and wholehearted support of 215 million Americans, including your President." Ford commented, "I wish I could join you," but promised to watch on television, adding, "We might even suspend activities at the White House." The President noted that Olympic competition "gets tougher every four years, which is the way the world is." But when asked for 'a forecast on the prospects for the American team at the summer events, he boasted, "We're gonna win them all." Lerpy P. Walker of North Carolina Central University, coach of the men's team, presented Ford with a warmup suit of the kind worn by the team members. "I wish I could say I earned it," said Ford. Just before bidding farewell to the Olympians, Ford told an outdoor crowd of several thousand that he believes last weekend's bicentennnial observances marked "a new birth of American patriotism." The President said he felt this spirit had its begining at the winter Oympic games in Innsbruck, Austria, where American athletes did better than had been expected. At the same time, he told the athletes seated before him in red, white and blue warmup suits that they have "a unique responsibility to create a better understanding" of the United States among other nations. As the athletes boarded four small white passenger vans, he stood alongside each van to shake hands personally with each one as they climbed aboard. A contingent of 77 athletes left Pittsburgh Saturday. Other convoys are scheduled to depart July 12 and 14 for Montreal. 63 miles away. Ford's motorcade attracted small crowds along his route through Plattsburgh. As the President watched, the U.S. contestants practiced sprints, the long jump, javelin throwing, high jumping and relay baton passing. Ford told a news conference Friday that he hoped a dispute over participation of the team from Taiwan in the Montreal Summer Games would be resolved so the international competition can get started on schedule July 17. During the flight here from Washington, Press Secretary Ron Nessen was asked whether the United States would withdraw from Olympic competition should Taiwan be barred. "It's too soon to consider that question," Nessen replied. "There's a week to go and they're still working on it." As he spoke, officials of the Canadian government and the International Olympic Committee were meeting on the problem in Montreal. NOW AT RAINES LINCOLN MERCURY 1976MONARCHS 1976 MONARCH 2 DR. SEDAN GOOD CHOKE OF COLORS IN STOCK INCLUDES-- · POWER STEERING · RADIO · WSW RADIAL TIRES · 250 C.I.D. ENGINE · UNDERCOATING FULL DELIVERED PRICE Just Received! LARGE SHIPMENT OF UNITED EDITION COUGAR XR-7's good choke of BANK FINANCING 4 ? AVAILABLE AT TIME OF PURCHASE HICH TRADE-IN ALLOWANCES ON YOUR PRESENT CAR OPEN EVERY NITETIll 9:00 ALL DAY SUNDAY J346-9441 RAINES LINCOLN MERCURY VIRGINIA STim AT MAIYUND AVE. CHARLISTON, W. VA. OPTIMISTIC Canadian Official Feels Problem Will Be Solved MONTREAL (AP) - Andre Bissonette, under secretary for External Affairs in the Canadian government, came away from a second meeting with IOC officials late Saturday and said he was optimistic a solution to the Taiwan problem would be found. But he indicated the Canadian government was standing firm on its China policy. He said: "We are not prepared to allow the public proclamation in Canada of anyone under the name of the Republic of China." Bissonette added, "We have bad some very interesting ideas raised in the course of our discussions. We understand these ideas are now under consideration by the exectutive board of the IOC.' Bissonette and other members of the Canadian government delegation left for Ottawa but he said they would be in touch with the IOC again tomorrow morning. He did not say specifically what ideas were raised or which side suggested them. He said he had no meeting with officials of the Taiwanese team. The Canadian delegation left in the early evening with the IOC Executive Board still in session some five hours after beginning its meeting. Within an hour, the IOC- ended its meeting without making a formal statement, but announced it would resume meeting at 9 a.m. EOT., Sunday. Canada demanded that Taiwan drop its official name, the Republic of China, claiming misrepresentation. Canada does, not have diplomatic ties with Taiwan but does maintain them with the People's Republic of China, also known as mainland China. Thus far, Taiwan has refused to accede to Canada's demands. 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