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Saturday, July 17, 1976. :   25 African countries boycott the opening ceremony of the Olympic games in Montreal.

     On 17 July 1976, at the opening ceremony of the Montreal Olympics, 25 African countries withdrew their teams. The boycott was due to long-standing tensions over South Africa's refusal to condemn the policy of apartheid. South Africa had been banned from the Olympics since 1964, but the boycotting countries protested at New Zealand's continued sporting links with South Africa. The International Olympic Committee refused to ban New Zealand, whose rugby team was touring South Africa at the time, so the boycotting nations took it upon themselves to make a stand.

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