HARRY S. TRUMAN
Former U.S. President
"Officials say that the Olympics are full and complete. Adding new games may make them unwieldy. For every game added, a game should be dropped. Too bad American football isn't played everywhere. The sportsmanship code of football would be a good influence on international ethics."
This is an article from the Feb. 20, 1956 issue
JAMES V. GILLOON JR.
New York University
"Tennis and golf. They are international sports. And squash racquets deserve to be added. A Pakistan player was an international champion. I'd like to see bowling recognized for it's a lifetime of exercise and fun. And, American football should be played in the Olympics and around the world."
NORMAN BARRY, Chicago
WNBQ-TV and Radio
"Golf, because it's universally played and draws a vast field of amateurs. In the 1955 Tam O'Shanter, 19 countries were represented. In the past 20 years, golf has become a top participation sport. Olympic contestants could be chosen from national amateur and public links competition."
ERWIN H. SCHLICHT, New York
"Golf, one of the most popular world sports, played by persons of all ages. The Walker Cup between England and America has become a fixture even though the U.S. usually wins. If this one-sided competition can attract so much international interest, it's a natural for the Olympics."
ASA S. BUSHNELL
"None. The Olympics are full and complete. Giantism is something that the International Committee must watch. Otherwise the games will get out of hand, because pressure could be exerted to include such games as bowling on the green, curling, etc. If anything, the games should be reduced."
COLA G. PARKER, Neenah, Wis.
National Association of Manufacturers
"Not tennis or golf, because they have an I international setup where champions are crowned each year. Synchronized swimming, a beautiful sport, should be included. Trap shooting, too, because it has a tremendous hold. But could we trust the Russians with guns in the Olympics?"
RENVILLE H. McMANN, New York
President, U.S. Lawn
"All international sports should be included. Tennis is one, but the people who run tennis should govern it in the Olympics, not outsiders who know little about the game. That was the trouble in the 1924 Olympics, the last time tennis was played. We got into an awful mess."
CHARLES E. HARE, Chicago
British Davis Cup Team
"Golf and tennis, two international sports. Tennis is played in more countries than any other sport. Golf is a close second. Archery is taking hold in schools and colleges and should also be included. But each sport should be controlled by its own people, to avoid politics."
EUGENE F. FLYNN
Holy Cross College
"Some Olympic games are so competitive that occasional incidents are featured in newspapers and create bad feeling. Only sports that promote good feeling should be included. Golf is one. Witness the international good will resulting from the Walker Cup competitions."
U.S. State Dept. official
"Lacrosse, a beautiful game to watch. In my part of the country, Baltimore, we get crowds of 10,000 at any good game. The game requires speed and great skill and is better than hockey. Lacrosse was played in the Olympics and dropped. It's spread so rapidly that it should again be included."
REAR ADMIRAL ANDRE J. JUBELIN
French Naval Attache
"Jai alai. France originated the game as pelote-basque. It was played with a basket called chistera. Later the Spanish, Filipinos, Chinese and Cubans adopted the game. Now it's played in Florida. We still play pelote-basque in France but not as expertly as jai alai."
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