The South African cricket team emerged from 21 years banishment Sunday to challenge India before some 75,000 rabid Indian fans at the beautifully green Eden Garden in teeming Calcutta and millions more on Indian television.
Not only the Commonwealth of Nations but also the International Olympics Committee have lifted their bans on South Africa in international sport. The acceptance of South Africa in the world of sport is a proper testament to the good faith of the government of F. W. de Klerk in dismantling apartheid and negotiating toward a new and equitable regime, though that regime will not be in place this year or next.
A multi-racial National Olympic Committee of South Africa announced it is sending a team to the Games next summer in Barcelona, for the first South African Olympic appearance since 1960, under a new flag of its own invention. The government education minister objected to its spurning the official national flag, but no one will dare oppose sending a multi-racial team.