The Gleneagles Agreement

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. There is no doubt that active governments and even members of Commonwealth governments are taking advantage of the agreement to challenge athletes. It was only today that I learned that Trinidad`s representatives had been prevented by their government from participating in the Games for the Disabled. The tragedy in New Zealand led Prime Minister Robert Muldoon to speak about the “experienced far-left organizers” who organize the protests. I hope my friend Hon will pass this on to my rights. Friend of the Prime Minister. Many Members and I believe that this agreement should be abolished. In Mr. Muldoon`s words, “It`s dead now,” it has become an extremely simple weapon for political extremists, and although it exists, they will fully implement it. It is extremely divided and pits one country against another. There is not much Commonwealth spirit. 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 was a victory for all Commonwealth countries, as they had all agreed to do their best… 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. In 1977, Muldoon joined the Gleneagles Agreement, a pact between Commonwealth leaders, to prevent sports contact with South Africa, which at the time had an apartheid policy – a separate development for its black and white citizens.