Ewing, Johnson commit to Olympics

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August 21, 1991

Patrick Ewing has joined Magic Johnson in committing to the U.S. Olympic basketball team, leaving the selection committee with as many as nine more NBA players to be sought for the 1992 Barcelona Games.

The commitment of Ewing was confirmed by Ted Ewanciw, a spokesman for Pro Serv, the agency that represents the New York Knicks' center.

Johnson said earlier this month that he wanted to play and was hoping to convince Michael Jordan to join him.

Others on the selection committee's wish list are: Larry Bird, David Robinson, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Scottie Pippen and Chris Mullin.

Johnson is eager to play.

"I've talked to Chuck Daly and we're all set," Johnson said. "Missing out on the Olympics as an amateur leaves something incomplete in my basketball career."

As for his effort to entice Jordan a 1984 Olympian Johnson has had no luck despite dangling a lucrative carrot.

"I even told him I'd give him a million dollars if he'd do it," Johnson said. "But so far he hasn't changed his mind."

* The International Amateur Athletic Federation formally withdrew the provisional membership it granted South Africa last month, a move that would deny South Africa the right to compete in track and field at the Olympics next summer in Barcelona, Spain.

At the same time, however, representatives of more than 150 countries attending the federation's congress this week in Tokyo voted to allow South Africans to compete within Africa, an action designed to encourage South African track and field officials to continue their efforts toward creating a unified national federation.

The IAAF indicated that only when such a federation was in place and development programs were operating nationwide could South Africa expect to gain full membership for the first time since 1976.

Track and field

Mount St. Mary's College senior Peter Rono will be competing in the world championships in Tokyo next week. He qualified in the 1,500-meter run by placing third at the Kenyan National Championships in late July. He finished in 3 minutes, 38.4 seconds, a second behind the winner, David Kibet. William Kemei placed second but was left off the national team. Rono won the gold medal in the 1,500 meters at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.


Norbert Rozsa of Hungary shattered his world record in a 100-meter breast stroke preliminary at the European Swimming Championships in Athens with a time of 1 minute, 1.29 seconds.

In an upset in the men's 200-meter freestyle final, Poland's Artur Wojdat defeated world champion and record holder Giogio Lamberti of Italy in 1:48.10.

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