JOHANNESBURG: South Africa picked its first nonwhite to play for the National Cricket Team.

Qmar Henry, a colored (mixed-race) off spinner who once played for Scotland, was named to play for the Springboks against a rebel Australian XI in the third unofficial test starting in Durban next week,

South Africa’s refusal to accept South African born colored Basil D’Oliveira as a member of a touring England team in 1968 triggered an international sporting boycott which is still in force.

SYDNEY, Reuter: England all-rounder Jan Botham today signed a three-year contract to play for Worcestershire in the English county cricket championship. Botham, the leading wicket taker in Test Cricket, left Somerset last year after 13 years with the county in protest at the sacking of West Indians Viv Richards and Joel Garner.

LONDON: All foreign professional boxers coming to fight in Britain will be screened for Aids, and British boxers will also have to undergo tests for the killer disease soon, the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBG) said.

“Our medical panel have advised that we take some action on what has become a problem for the whole of society. But it must be Stressed that there has never been a known case of Aids in the sport, the BBBC said.

AUCKLAND, Reuter: Top seed Miloslay Mecir, the Czechoslavakjan ranked/9th in the World, will meet Dutchman Michiel Schapers in singles final of the New Zealand tennis grand prix.

Article extracted from this publication >>  January 16, 1987