THE 1,500 METERS,THE DEC ATHLON: ON EDGE FOR THE GAMES

When the heralds fanned out through ancient Greece to announce the forthcoming Games at Olympia (see BOOKS), they carried with them the proclamation of a sacred truce that extended for at least a month before and after the Olympics. Since the Games of the XXI Olympiad in Montreal have already become an arena of international acrimony second only to that other supposed citadel of world harmony, the United Nations, the time is ripe for a modern equivalent, however profane, of the sacred truce.

Last weekend the governing body of the Games, the International Olympic...

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