Medicine Hat News (Newspaper) - July 20, 1984, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Olympics should profit despite Soviet boycott
OVER THE TOP - Canadian Bill Vanderwei shows his winning form. Vanderwel led the Canadians to an 11-3 win over the Dominican Republic Thursday to even their record at 1-1 in the round robin portion of the World Youth Baseball Tournament in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. — CP laserphoto
World Youth Baseball
KINDERSLEY, Sask. (CP) — Martin Robi-taille unloaded a two-run home run and Winston Brown clubbed a run-scoring double as Canada dumped the Dominican Republic 11-3 Thursday to win its first game at the World Youth Baseball championships.
The 1-1 Canadians trail Cuba, Chinese Taipei and the U.S.A who are undefeated in the 10-team tournament.
In other games, the United States blanked Nicaragua 11-0 and defending champion Chinese Taipei bombed Belguim 27-0. Both games were called after seven innings because of the mercy rule. That rule comes into effect when one team leads by ten or more runs after seven innings.
In a closer affair, Panama doubled Australia 6-3 while Cuba clobbered Korea 11-4.
Robitaille’s homer, with two out in the bottom of the first inning, seemed to spark the Canadians, who dropped a 8-1 decision to the United States in Wednesday’s opening game.
“My hit seemed to wake up the team and we started getting some confidence back,” he said. “Our hitting is starting to come around but it can still be better."
Robitaille, who played with the national team last year, also had a double and scored two runs and was named the game’s most valuable player.
Bill Vanderwel, of Sarnia, Ont., pitched the
victory while Juan Guzman suffered the loss. Three Dominican Republic pitchers limited Canada to six hits.
LOS ANGELES (Reuter) — In the final, feverish days of preparation before the start of the Los Angeles Olympics, the organizers have already announced victory in the toughest event of all —- the race to make the Games profitable.
Ever since Los Angeles won the right to stage the Olympics, the question most often asked has been whether the Games can end the shocking record of financial losses and emerge on the credit side of the' balance sheet.
Despite the Soviet-led boycott and other complications, Olympic officials have been unwavering in their insistence that revenue from the Games will breast the tape ahead of expenditure, although they concede it wi 1 be a photo-finish.
At the start of the year, Olympics chief Peter Ueberroth predicted a $15 million surplus, or three per cent of a budget of $500 million.
But since the withdrawal of the Soviet Union and 13 of its allies cut the number of countries attending to 140, Ueberroth has stopped mentioning figures and has referred instead to a “tiny” surplus.
Ueberroth’s caution is understandable. Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau made the mistake of boasting that it would be easier for a man to have a baby than for the 1976 Games to suffer a loss — only to see poor planning, construction stoppages and the like result in a huge deficit that the city is still struggling to pay off.
The 1980 Games in Moscow are estimated to have cost the Kremlin nine billion dollars, 18 times the budget for the L.A. Games.
. Ueberroth and his colleagues in the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee are reluctant to say just how they are going to balance the books and honor their commitment to run the Games at no cost to Los Angeles taxpayers.
The broad outlines of the organizing committee’s supposedly foolproof system are well known.
For the first time, the Games are being financed entirely by the private sector, with most of the money coming from companies such as Coca-Cola and MacDonalds paying a minimum of $4 million each for the privilege of being called official Olympic sponsors.
By far the biggest contributor to the Olympic treasury is the American radio and television network ABC, which agreed to pay $225 mil-
lion for the exclusive rights to televise the Games.
But there now is some debate over whether ABC is obliged to pay the full amount in the wake of the Soviet-led boycott and the possible loss of viewer interest in the 180 hours of Games coverage that the network plans to broadcast.
The outcome of that debate, said to involve $45 million, or nearly 10 per cent of the Olympic budget, is crucial to the Games’ financial standing.
The reliance on private enterprise to fund the Games has been controversial, critics claiming that Olympic ideals are being debased by crass commercialism.
The organizing committee denies trampling on the Olympic spirit, pointing out that Montreal had three times the number of commercial sponsors there are here.
The fact the committee still expects to make money is a source of pride to Ueberroth, a successful businessman, and his colleagues who have tried to organize the Games on the lines of a well-run business enterprise — and claim to have succeeded.
They note that the 1984 Games are being staged in the world’s richest country and yet are costing less than any recent Olympics.
This is a lesson for future organizers, they say, including Third World countries who think that staging an Olympics is far beyond their financial reach.
Canada sweeps Soviets
EDMONTON (CP) — The Canadian national men’s volleyball team added a little shine to their Olympic medal hopes Thursday as they defeated the powerful Soviet Union squad 3-1, sweeping a three-match exhibition series.
The Canadians beat the reigning world and Olympic champion Soviets with identical 3-2 scores Sunday in Saskatoon and Tuesday in Calgary. Prior to Sunday, Canada had never won a match from the Russians.
“To beat the best in the world gives us more confidence and we feel very, very good,” said Team Canada coach Ken Maeda. “If we play very well here it gives us momentum for the Olympics,”
Coach Vyacheslav Platonov explained the loss by saying only three of the six Soviet starters were from the national team.
“It was not so much the strength of the Canadian team but the weakness of the Soviets,” he said. “But the Canadians are playing much better now.”
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Canada pleased a Northlands Coliseum crowd of 3,500 by posting scores of 15-11, 7-15, 15-11 and 15-12 in the best-of-five match.
Canadian setter Tom Jones of New Westminster, B.C., said patience was the key element learned in the series.
“This match was a confidence-builder for us,” he said. “We’re starting to believe we are getting up there. But now we have to be careful not to peak too soon and not get overconfident.”
Maeda said the series also helped the team react to injuries. Paul Gratton of Ottawa and Edmonton’s Terry Danyluk have been sidelined with back injuries.
“Mentally the guys were strong and the substitutes helped pull the games back for us.”
The team will improve even more before this summer’s Olympic Games, Maeda said.
“The series has shown us that what we have done in the last couple of months of training is right.” he said. “This means we can keep to our training schedule.” _
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Three Soviets go up to block a spike by Canadian John Barrett (3) during exhibition play in Edmonton Thursday night. The Canadians defeated the Soviets and swept their three-game series to end the Canadians pre-Olympic tour.
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DENVER (AP) — Alexi Grewal of Aspen, Colo., considered the top male U.S. cycling hope for the Olympics, vk'as suspended from competition for 30 days.
Routine tests taken after earlier races showed proscribed substances in his urine, officials said.
Grewal, 23, who had won two stages of the 10-race series and was the overall leader, appeared crushed by the news.
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