Young says Olympics to have S. Africa by '96Former Atlanta...

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April 02, 1991

Young says Olympics to have S. Africa by '96

Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young said he believes the South African government is dismantling apartheid rapidly enough that its participation in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta is almost assured.

"It's questionable whether they will be ready for Barcelona," Young said, referring to the 1992 Summer Games. "But 1996 will almost be definite."

South Africa has not competed in the Olympics since 1960 because of its policies of racial segregation. It was suspended from the International Olympic Committee in 1970. Young is co-chairman of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.

Pro basketball

Former Denver coach Doug Moe is downplaying speculatiothat he and San Antonio Spurs coach Larry Brown are preparing a bid to buy the Nuggets. But he said yesterday that if they decide to make a bid, their financing would be secure.

"We don't know if the Nuggets are for sale," Moe said. "We haven't talked to them. Everything is really preliminary, but at least we know we can get the financing."

Moe, fired by the Nuggets in September after coaching the team for 10 years, said he and longtime friend Brown haven't discussed any of the particulars of a possible bid.

Nuggets majority owner Bob Wussler has said the team is not officially for sale, but he is willing to entertain offers.

Prep hockey

Students in Manchester, N.H., stood silently and the flag at Central High School was lowered to half-staff yesterday in honor of Kevin Charbonneau, a Manchester teen-ager killed in a hockey game during the weekend.

Charbonneau, 15, died Saturday night at Catholic Medical Center after blocking a shot with his chest during the Manchester Regional Youth Hockey Association Bantam Division championship game. An autopsy determined the blow bruised Charbonneau's heart and disrupted its rhythm, causing a fatal heart attack.

Charbonneau, an honors student at Central, was wearing full protective gear when he was hit.

Charbonneau was a member of the Hitchcock Clinic team and a teammate of 14-year-old Scott Clough of Manchester, who was hit on the side of the head by a puck and slipped into a 10-day coma in January. Clough was injured during a pickup game. The injury impaired his speech and paralyzed his left side. Clough was among 500 people watching the game at West Side Arena.

Golf

Gil Morgan, the 1990 Kemper Open champion, has committed to defend his title at this year's Kemper Open, May 27-June 2, at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel in Potomac.

Boxing

Undefeated Riddick Bowe will face former WBA heavyweight champion Tony Tubbs in a 10-round fight April 20 in Atlantic City, N.J., promoters announced. The fight will be held at the Broadway By The Bay Theater at Harrah's Casino Hotel, which is promoting the fight in conjunction with Gelb Promotions Inc., and will be televised live by ABC.

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