Dennis Brutus and the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee in Exile, 1966–1970 / Matthew P. Llewellyn, Toby C. Rider

Llewellyn, Matthew P | Rider, Toby C

In July 1966, the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SANROC) re-emerged in exile in London. The arrival of Dennis Brutus, the coloured Rhodesian-born activist, poet, and educator, into the British capital provided the stimulus to renew calls for the exclusion of apartheid South Africa from international sport. In the years 1966–1970 that marked Brutus’s exile in Britain, SANROC elevated apartheid sport to the world’s attention. As this paper contends, SANROC’s success in discouraging foreign contact and competition with racialist sporting organisations, teams, or individuals from South Africa rested largely on Brutus’s ability to position himself at the nexus of an emergent human rights discourse that dominated the agendas of state institutions and international organisations throughout the 1960s.

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