South Africa was banned from competing in Olympics on this day in 1964


Aug. 18, 1964

South Africa didn’t participate in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo — or the six Games after that. The International Olympic Committee banned the country from participating the global athletic event because of its refusal to condemn apartheid. Under its apartheid laws, mixed-race sports teams were prohibited. The IOC wasn’t the only athletics committee that took a stance against apartheid. FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, suspended South Africa from international play in 1961. The country was also barred from international cricket starting in 1970. South Africa reappeared in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona after the nation repealed all of its apartheid laws in 1991.

Jordan McPherson