TROUBLE IN THE SNOW
Divided in the political field since the war, Germany has shown precarious East-West unity in Olympic athletics. It formed united teams for competition at Tokyo and Rome, and they worked out reasonably well. But lately international athletic federations have been recognizing East Germany as a separate country. In cycling, skating and track the Germans now field two "national" teams. When the International Olympic Committee met in Lausanne last week, there was on the agenda a formal request from 24 of the 26 international sports federations (basketball and track were absent) for the IOC to recognize East Germany as an Olympic nation.
It was a development that threatened to cost the French city of Grenoble the 1968 Winter Olympics. France is bound by a NATO regulation not to issue visas to "representatives of East Germany." If the French respect the rule they will forfeit their right to be hosts at Grenoble. The IOC position, says Avery Brundage, its American president, is that "no city will be assured an Olympic event where all athletes recognized by the IOC are not able to participate."
Three winter resorts in Canada, Japan and Finland (Banff, Sapporo and Lahti) telephoned the IOC in Lausanne to say that they were ready to replace Grenoble. But the cost of travel to such areas, even Lahti, is considered too much for the European Alpine competitors, who must go to Portillo, Chile in 1966 for the FIS world championships as well.
If the IOC disqualifies Grenoble, Davos in Switzerland, a country that does not belong to NATO, is considered the strongest candidate.
DAVIES SERVES AN ACE
The difference between a professional and an amateur tennis player, as is well known, is whether his money is paid him above or below the table. Few in the sport have been willing to say so publicly. But last week Mike Davies, former British Davis Cupper, now a pro in Jack Kramer's California tennis school and also on the French Riviera, was called upon for a few words at a Boston luncheon to boost the U.S. Professional Grass Court Championship to be played at the Longwood Cricket Club, July 15-18. He followed Earl Buchholz, who had bemoaned the paucity of "new blood" in professional ranks and had observed that the last prominent amateur to turn pro was Rod Laver in 1963.
"The reason amateurs are not turning pro," Davies said, "is that they are making good money—very good money—as amateurs. There is little rule enforcement in amateur ranks. Many of the top players are listed as 'public relations experts' for cigarette companies. The foundation of amateur tennis is based on the quicksand of illicit operation."
BOOKKEEPERS VS. OUTDOORSMEN
Citing "savings" that could be accomplished, the Bureau of the Budget has marked for reduction or disposal 11 waterfowl refuges in 12 states. Senator Lee Metcalf, Montana Democrat and member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, stood up in his duck blind recently and knocked a few of the bureau's misconceptions out of the hot air. The "bookkeepers" in the bureau, he said, "would have Congress break faith with our duck hunters and others sincerely interested in the National Wildlife Refuge System."