Congratulations on one of the most meaningful articles I've ever read (Sport in Emerging Africa, Dec. 19). I hope you at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will continue to print more articles of this nature, describing the influence of sport as a unifying political force and a constructive channel of mankind's basic aggressiveness.
Now that we have two forces going for peace—education and sport—I feel there is some hope for humanity.
J. E. TAVARES
Shell Beach, Calif.
Your article, A Very Welcome Redcoat (Dec. 19), prompted me to write my Congressman to plead for positive action concerning track and other sports' equipment for all the African athletes and a change in policy of allowing the AAU to conduct itself in such ignorant pomposity as an American institution. When I think of the ill will Kipchoge Keino could spread concerning the American image abroad, I shudder. What golden fields of opportunity we Americans cast aside when we ignore chances to help the African states' athletes help themselves.
My sincere thanks for Martin Kane's enlightening revelations.
ROSEMARY G. WORTMANN
Carle Place, N.Y.
POET AND PEASANT
Thank you for introducing us to the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko (A Poet Against the Destroyers, Dec. 19). I have not seen his poetry, but his prose is a joy to read. I can understand why John Steinbeck espouses him. His ideals seem more worthy than those of many of our own youthful compatriots.
This is the kind of delightful surprise that makes your magazine so endearing to its readers—complete coverage of all our favorite sports, plus!
B. H. SANDS
I note that the pragmatic Mr. Yevtushenko spells God with a small g. You may think that this man is Russia's foremost literary figure and an athlete of some renown, but I would classify him as strictly bush, along with your editor, who did not insist that in our Western civilization God is spelled with a capital G.
P. J. KITZBERGER, M.D.
New Ulm, Minn.
Congratulations on your selection of Jim Ryun as the youngest Sportsman of the Year (Dec. 19). But what will you do when he breaks 3:50 next year? Or when he becomes the world record holder in the two-mile as well as the mile and half-mile? May be he'll be the first Sportsman to repeat.
I very definitely feel that you made the correct choice in picking Jim Ryun. But I feel that not choosing Pel� (the Brazilian soccer star) as one of the "four others who excelled" was an oversight.
West Orange, N.J.
This year a Danish sailmaker named Paul Elvstrom won the world championships in two Olympic classes, the Star and 5.5-meter. He finished second in the international 505 championships. What's more, he generally uses sails that he makes himself. You have missed one who is unsurpassed in what is truly a sport rather than just a game.
FRANK B. LAWSON JR.