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Sex. Firm-chinned Chairman Avery Brundage of the U. S. Olympic Committee got himself into the spotlight by putting Mrs. Jarrett off the U. S. team last fortnight. Last week busy Mr. Brundage had equally momentous things to deal with. First he read the Press a telegram from one Gregory Vigeant Jr. of Kansas City, which said: "Mrs. Jarrett's example to young Americans is deplorable." Next he announced that two boxers, Joe Church and Negro Howell King, had been dismissed from the team for "homesickness"' because "homesickness is a contagious disease." Finally, as a grand climax, he was elected to the International Olympic Committee to replace New Orleans' Ernest Lee Jahncke, onetime (1929-33) U. S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy, who had loudly objected last autumn to sending a U. S. Olympic team to Nazi Germany.
Next day International Olympic Committeeman Brundage, at his first Committee meeting, roundly recommended that all women athletes entered in the Olympics be subjected to a thorough physical examination to make sure they were really 100% female. Reason: two athletes who recently competed in European track events as women were later transformed into men by sex operations.
Tokyo. Bidders for the 1940 Olympic Games were Italy, Japan, Great Britain and Finland. Last week, the International Olympic Committee awarded the 1940 Games to Japan. Stocks on the Tokyo Exchange immediately zoomed. The municipality announced that it would start work promptly on a $3,000,000 plant, including a 120,000-seat stadium.
Games. Wildly excited crowds watched four track & field events run off the first two days. Winners: U. S. Negro Jesse Owens (100-metre dash); U. S. Negro Cornelius Johnson (high jump); Germany's Hans Woellke (shot put); Finland's Ilmari Salminen (10,000-metre run).