MUNICH, West Germany, Sept. 8 — The International Olympic Committee barred today two United States track and field athletes, Vince Matthews and Wayne Collett, from all future Olympic competition, including the remainder of the current Games, for what it termed a “disgusting display” on the victory stand following last night's 400‐meter run.

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They stood there casually, one barefoot, hands on hips, the other in thoughtful repose, right hand stroking the chin. You would think they were waiting for the bus.

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"Olympic Order is the Olympic Movement highest award for distinguished contributions to sports. The list is long and includes Avery Brundage and Lord Killianin. John Carlos, Tommie Smith and Peter Norman aren't on (the) list. Avery Brundage was given in 1975. In 1975 Rule 50 established 1616.

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When the Olympic Games were last held in Tokyo, American multi-millionaire Avery Brundage was President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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My professional life has been defined by three principles: excellence, integrity, equality. They were bred into me by my father, a Tuskegee Airman and elementary school principal, and by my mother, a curriculum advisor for the Dayton Public Schools. Their point was simple. Black people do not yet experience equality, but in the meantime, we can situate ourselves in spaces where equality lives and work to extend them. Through a commitment to excellence and integrity in all that we do, we can lead by example and also sleep soundly at night.

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