The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on July 7, 1976 · Page 11
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f*ge 12-THE HERALD, Provo, Utah.Wednesday, July 7, 1976 U.S. Senator Helps Russian See Olympics LOS ANGELES (UPI) With the help of Sen. Alan Cranston, former star Russian javelin thrower Janis Donins has untangled himself from a mass of red tape and will get to see his first Olympic Games. Donins, who was reunited with his wife and daughter here 11 months ago, said Wednesday night that he's received a re-entry visa from the U.S. Immigration Service. Cranston, a California Democrat, stepped into the picture after Donins was told by Immigration officials that his application for re-entry could not be processed in time for him to go to the Montreal Olympics. "Bureaucracy is bureaucracy, whatever the country" said Donins, who was the world's No. 2 javelin thrower in 1971 with a lifetime best of 29-31. "They told me it would take four or five months. Sen. Cranston was able to get it done in one day. Naturally, I'm very, very happy and I'm very, very grateful to the people who helped me." Donins submitted his application to the U.S. Immigration authorities in the first week of June and was turned down. He told Bert Nelson, the editor and publisher of Track and Field News, of his plight. "Mr. Nelson wrote a letter to Sen. Cranston and the answer was almost instantaneous," said Kathy Donins, his American wife. "It was very important for Janis to go to Montreal. It's hard for me to explain what this means." Added Donins, "I am not an American citizen yet and I do not like to criticize anyone. But I was surprised to find that a democracy has so much red tape too. I expected it to be much easier to get things done." Donins, 30, from Riga, Latvia, arrived here Aug. 2 after the Soviet Union did a flip flop and granted him an exit visa. The Russians originally stood in the way of his emigration. After begging her husband to defect, Kathy had left Russia in June, 1974, with the couple's young daughter, Their daughter is now 3-'/2. In February, 1972, Donins suffered a crippling knee injury while lifting weights. He left the hospital after surgery to see the Munich Olympics on television. "I thought I had a good chance to win a gold medal," he said, "because I was planning on throwing 90 meters (about 300 feet). I am pretty sure I would have won a medal. "But injuries are part of athletics and I had to adjust. At first I was upset but I think 1 understood the situation pretty well." At Montreal, he will be impartial—except for his old event where Janis Lusis, a 37- year-old veteran of three other Olympics, is bidding for his fourth medal. Lusis is from Latvia. "He's not throwing as well as he did when he was the favorite but I think he will win because of his experience," Donins said. Donins' wife will not be able to accompany him to Montreal, though. That's another story. Kathy met Donins in 1969 while a Russian track team was in Los Angeles to compete against the United States. They were married Jan. 12, 1972, in Latvia. Her father had a heart attack later that year and she returned to Southern California. "I checked with the U.S. of- LANCE MYERS, nine-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Myers of Orem, captured the 100 and 220 yard dashes in the recently completed Utah State AAU Junior Olympic Championships. He also took third place in the running broad jump and was a member of the winning 440 yard relay team. He will complete this weekend in the AAU Intermountain championships in Boise. ficials and they told me it was all right to take out a Russian passport," she explained. "To the Russians, that meant I was a Russian citizen. But I never agreed to that. "Now the U.S. immigration people say they don't know my status. I found this out accidentally when I filed a document with the Immigration Service for my husband and daughter. "Sen. Cranston said he was unaware of my citizenship trouble and asked me to get back in touch with him. I certainly hope he can do something. Right now I can't get back in the country if I leave." The couple now lives in Culver City, Calif., and, according to Mrs. Donins, the former Russian javelin thrower is adjusting nicely. He has a Master's degree in physical education but is working as a production supervisor. "It's taking him awhile to make close friends," she said, "but things are coming along nicely." "I would like to find a coaching job," he remarked, "but it is a tough situation because track and field isn't that popular in America." Donins has talked with Jim Bush, UCLA's head coach, about getting an assistant's job. Mike Lude Demands Dedication SEATTLE (UPI)-Coaches at the University of Washington have been asked to quit unless they—and even their spouses— can make a "total commitment" to the school's sports programs. In a memorandum to the Athletic Department staff, Athletic Director Mike Lude asked them whether they were ready to be "completely dedicated." "If you are, we are ready for a great year," Lude said. "If you are not, then you have only one choice: don't be a part of it. Ask to be relieved of your assigned responsibility." Lude. who has been at his position only three months, used the memo to outline the qualities and guidelines expected of athletic department employes. He said the "most important .quality is loyalty to the athletic program—to the university—to one another and to the athletic director. "A coach or any associated personnel who does not place the program first, above all else, will weaken the entire operation. The person should divorce himself from the. ..athletic organization and not be associated in any way, if he- she cannot be for it all the way. Athletic program and responsibilities take number 1 precedent. SIDEWALK SALE PULL THESE FROM THE BASKETS TOPS, JACKETS, SKIRTS, DRESSES, JEANS, PANTS, GOWNS ft DUSTERS PANT SUITS REG. TO 66.00 NOW DRESSES SIZES 7-18 OFF REG. 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"hits" category for much of the year, and more importantly, his exciting aggressiveness on the basepaths and in the outfield Buckner was girmly lealII. u u v. i\ ii c i w a a 5 1 * *•' I V "There are so many days in reminded of his fate during the a baseball season, and last 1975 season when he sprained his left ankle sliding WINNERS IN THE RECENT Provo City Recreation Department pocket Gold and Maze compeitition were, left to right, Allen Gardner, Rocky Dee Christen, Mark Frampton and Roger Perry. Not present was Rick Craner. year it seemed like most of them were bad," he said. "When you have that many bad days, it's tough to leave 'em all at the ballpark." For that reason, Buckner was determined to get off to a good start in 1976. "I was conscious of getting off to a good start," said Bill. "I worked out in the gym all winter, lifted some weights, and ran. I even got in some batting practice because the weather in Southern California is no nice." Buckner served notice that he had returned to form in the Dodgers' brief Spring training, where he hit. 391 in 12 games, leading the club with 12 runs scored and four stole bases. He refused to slow down after the regular season left ankle sliding into second base in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 28. But after missing three straight games with the injury, a gimpy-legged Buckner hobbled to the plate to pinch- hit in the seventh inning in a May 2 game with the St. Louis Cardinals. With two outs and runners on first and third, Bucker broke a 1-1 tie by surprising everyone in Dodger Stadium with a bunt single. He returned to the lineup that next day and has been healthy ever since. The tombstone of Greece's great classic playwright says, "Here lies Sophocles who fought at Marathon." Here's 33C to discover new fresh aroma, fresher flavor New House! The moment you open the jar, it's like waking up to the smell of fresh coffee. 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