STRANGE TALK FROM CALI
If Avery Brundage had his way, the U.S. team would win fewer medals at the Pan-Am Games. We field too many of our top stars, the president of the International Olympic Committee believes.
"It doesn't look good for the U.S. to be collaring three-quarters of the Pan-Am medals," he said at Cali, Colombia, before the games began. "Purely as a personal observer, I don't think this looks good for sports, the Pan-Am Games or the U.S. There has to be some resentment by the other countries."
What Brundage overlooks is that it would be an act of condescension to send second-class material to any international meet. And, according to Arthur Lentz, executive director of the U.S. Olympic Committee, there is already resentment abroad "that we have kissed off the Pan-Am Games with makeshift teams, like basketball or even track, in the past games.
"The Colombian Organizing Committee," he says, "was upset because our swimming squad lacks a number of world-class collegiate stars, particularly from Indiana University, who passed up Cali to prepare for the national AAU outdoor in August."
One of the purposes of sport is the achievement of excellence. Pursuit of the second-rate has no part in it.
THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
There is good in everything in this best of all possible worlds, an optimist would say, and now Candide has found something nice to report about the high incidence of mercury in such game fish as marlin and swordfish. It has begun to discourage the long-liners—mostly Japanese and some Norwegian commercial fishermen—whose technique of fishing has threatened to destroy the sport of big-game fishing (SI, Jan. 31, 1966). Since the big fish have lately become unmarketable for food in some parts of the world the long-liners have reduced their operations.
Frozen black marlin, shipped from Japan to Honolulu, have been returned to Japan by federal authorities. Hawaii's state government has forbidden the use of marlin in fish cakes, though it is considered to be a delicacy.
At the annual Billfish Tournament off Kona, in Hawaii, 45 marlin were caught. They were turned over to the National Marine Fisheries to determine their mercury content. One participant was Harold Biaggini, a member of the MexiCal team, who scoffed at the fish mercury scare as nonsense.