West Germany (Q1109)

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West Germany
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1972
The British ambassador in West Germany said, "As we have taken the view that, on humanitarian grounds, there is no objection to Rhodesian participation in the Games, it follows that we should treat the Rhodesians as individual paraplegics from a British colony."
1972
The British ambassador in West Germany went on to say, "This would would to show after the argument about Rhodesian participation the Olympic Games, that we are not vindictive towards Rhodesians, but we are simply concerned to maintain the status quo as regards sanctions."
1972
While Britain was no longer advocating a boycott of Rhodesian participation, they discouraged 1972 Summer Paralympic organized to use the Rhodesian flag or anthem, and refused to allow Rhodesian sportspeople compete as a contingent of Great Britain.
1972
Since African countries largely did not participate in the Paralympics, West Germany decided not to invite controversy by banning Rhodesians from the 1972 Games.
1972
"The [German] Foriegn Ministry on the whole seem ready to risk any political unpleasantness that might arise [...]; they think that it would anyway only be slight, since the only African countries participating in the Paraplegic Olympics are Uganda and Ethiopia."
1972
The British Ambassador to West Germany held a reception following the 1968 Summer Paralympics for Paralympians from Rhodesia, Gibraltar and the Bahamas.
1972
Ludwig Guttmann intervened in the Rhodesia situation, convincing 1972 Games organizers to allow Rhodesian competitors to participate as individual athletes.