Asia: Gamesmanship

The Western world clings fondly, and fairly successfully, to the ideal that athletic rivalry between nations should tran scend political differences. At the fourth Asian Games in Djakarta last week, Indonesia's President Sukarno tried to have the best of both worlds — and dealt supra national sportsmanship in the Far East a possibly fatal blow.

When the Asian Games were started eleven years ago, their aim was to foster good will among nations of all political, racial and religious backgrounds. After the third Asiad in Tokyo in 1958, mercurial, left-leaning Sukarno successfully lobbied to hold the fourth in Djakarta in...

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