Britain's girl athletes are up in arms against Dr. Ludwig Prokop, who was chief sex tester at the Mexico City Olympics. Sports competition, says the doctor, makes girls ugly. After testing 911 girl athletes he concluded that sports gave them hard, stringy bodies, deep voices and, in some cases, hair on their chests.
Marea Hartman, Britain's outspoken women's team manager, says: "Dr. Prokop is talking poppycock. I completely refute his insinuations. Goodness, I see the girls in the showers often enough, and I can tell you there is not a single hairy chest among them." Dr. Prokop did not indicate where he did his chest research.
Ann Wilson, the staunchly British pentathlon star, says the doctor must have been thinking of Russian girls. Miss Wilson, 22 and shapely, says she has been putting the shot in competition for six years and insists she has no hair on her chest. She adds, as a clincher, that British sports girls do not lack for boyfriends.
One of the more distinguished horse races in this country is the Washington D.C. International at Laurel in Maryland. For almost 20 years it has been run each autumn, usually on what used to be called Armistice Day, with a selected field of international entries—including at times horses from the Soviet Union—racing over the turf. Now the International is in serious trouble because of the epidemic of equine encephalitis that infected horses in the Southwest this past summer. Most countries are very afraid of epidemic disease among animals and have strict quarantine laws. Right now, many are maintaining an absolute ban against the import of horses from the U.S. This means horses could come to Laurel for the International on Oct. 25, but afterward they would not be able to return home.
John D. Schapiro, Laurel's president, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture assured foreign countries that the danger of infection is nil and asked them to ease their restrictions, but without success. "My latest word," Schapiro said last week, "is that they will not even consider lifting the ban until the end of October, which would be too late for our race." So far, only one foreign horse (Trafoi, from Italy) is definitely coming, although Schapiro says he expects three or four entries from Ireland and England. Still, without a truly representative field the International will be just another race, which is a shame.
The toughest ticket in Boston is one for a Bruin hockey game, so much so that 3,000 fans stood in line all night the day after Labor Day for seats to three preseason contests scheduled for early October. Scalpers always do a lively business, and even the new minor league Boston Braves of the American Hockey League have sold 7,000 season tickets.
Now Boston's ever-imaginative politicians are in the act. Bob Crane, hockey fan and close friend of Bobby Orr, is treasurer and principal fund raiser for the state Democratic Party. Casting around for ways to raise money, he came up with legal scalping: buying tickets to the October preseason games at face value and selling them to hockey-hungry fans at inflated prices, the proceeds to be used for voter-registration drives. The Bruins' management agreed to the idea as a public service, which brought the Republicans into the picture, too. Each party was allowed to buy 1,000 seats apiece for each of the three preseason games at the regular prices of $5 and $4.25 each. Then the politicians put the tickets on sale for $25, $20 and $15, and they were snapped up like baked beans, or possibly codfish cakes. The fans, at least those who got tickets, were satisfied, the club was content and the two parties, seeing eye to eye for a change, were delighted with the idea.
THE GAS HOUSE GANG