Sport: Shadow Boxing

Shadow Boxing From Milan's stadiumlike Velodromo Vigorelli last week fluttered the flags of 22 European nations—including the Soviet Union. For the first time in 30 years, Russian leather-pushers were going to fight under Western rules in the European Amateur Boxing championships. Or were they?

Four days before the bouts, Moscow suddenly wired that its boxers "could not appear, in view of unforeseen circumstances." Then the Red embassy in Rome announced that it knew of no change in plans. Next, on the day before the championships, the Polish team informed officials that the Russians...