The 1970 British Commonwealth Games: Scottish Reactions to Apartheid and Sporting Boycotts

  title={The 1970 British Commonwealth Games: Scottish Reactions to Apartheid and Sporting Boycotts},
  author={Fiona Skillen and Matthew L. Mcdowell},
  journal={Journal of Sport History},
  pages={367 - 383}
The 1970 British Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh is widely thought to have been a barnstorming success and an excellent advertisement for Scotland. Recent research by the authors, however, shows that the event was a deeply politicized one: reflective of Scotland's status as a "stateless nation," of Westminster politics during the era more generally, and of the politics surrounding apartheid South Africa's sporting contacts with the outside world. The games managed to avert a mass boycott… 
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