In 1977, Muldoon joined the Gleneagles Agreement, a pact between Commonwealth leaders to prevent sporting contacts with South Africa, which was then pursuing a policy of apartheid – a separate development for its black and white citizens. Subsequently, however, he refused to prevent a highly controversial tour of New Zealand by the South African national rugby team Springbok in 1981. This cartoon by Peter Bromhead deplores the resulting damage to New Zealand`s international image. The Gleneagles agreement should never have seen the light of day. This is undoubtedly blackmail, and the sooner he is rested, the better. If my honourable friend is the Minister of Sport, let him defend athletes, because the vast majority of athletes in this country want to play sports all over the world, including South Africa. If, as intellectuals tell us in the media and elsewhere, reason, debate and debate are the way to progress in the world, it is certainly right that this should be carried into sport, so that athletes from Western countries such as the United States, France, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom can go to South Africa and show South Africans, how sport is surpassed over colors. Beliefs and different countries can work. We are starting to wonder where we are going from here because we now have the blacklist. England`s cricket tour of India is under threat because Geoffrey Boycott, one of our renowned players, is on the list. We wonder what will happen to the Commonwealth Finance Ministers` meeting and whether it will take place in the Bahamas. If that happens, I hope that Britain will refuse to participate.
We wonder what will happen to the Commonwealth conference and whether these two allies – Australia and New Zealand – will be defeated. We also wonder whether the agreement is deteriorating relations between the UK and these two countries. The agreement limited South Africa`s ability to participate in international competitions involving sports such as rugby and cricket, which tended to dominate Commonwealth countries, which helped exert international pressure on the regime. Thus, as early as 1970, South Africa had been excluded from the International Olympic Committee and the International Cricket Council, and in 1976 from the International Amateur Athletics Federation and FIFA. It had nothing to do with the Commonwealth or gleneagles, so the sport took its own steps before the Gleneagles agreement came into play. The Government reaffirms its commitment to the Gleneagles Agreement, but we hope that progress will continue in South Africa to restore sporting ties. This must be the goal of all free and freedom-loving nations, and especially of those who want to play sports with each other. Let us not forget that the agreement itself stands out from apartheid at all times. I think that all Members of this House and many in South Africa are totally opposed to apartheid. .