The Bermuda boycott of 1986 that still hurts
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While there was Scottish 10,000m gold for Liz Lynch, now Liz McColgan, the Games came
at a heavy financial cost due to the boycott by 32 out of the 59 competing nations.
Teams withdrew after being angered by the British government attitude to apartheid era South Africa.
One of the nations that pulled out was Bermuda,
personalized cards against humanity?.
As Scotland prepares to host the Games once more, memories of the Edinburgh Games were brought back this week when the
the main curtain raiser for the Games passed through the North Atlantic island.
For Bermudian swimmer Victor Ruberry and 100m runner Bill Trott, 1986 was a farce.
It is an episode of their lives which still causes frustration.
Before the Games, Ruberry and Trott were gravely concerned like thousands of others about apartheid in South Africa. They remember discussions on the island about boycotting, but no decision was made and the athletes made their way to Scotland.
They just wanted to compete. However, the Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA) the governing body of the team was still considering what to do.
When the athletes arrived in Edinburgh,
cards against humanity in store?, there were reports of safety concerns for the Bermudians. According to team manager John Morbey, this was one of the reasons given behind the team eventual withdrawal.
“The night before the opening ceremony, a teammate and I caught a taxi and we went to a disco,” recalls Trott, who was looking forward to his first Commonwealth Games having competed in the 1984 Olympics.
“There was no one supervising us, and that is how safe we felt. As we came back late at night, we bumped into John Morbey and he had just found out that the Bermuda Olympic Association had pulled us out.
“That is when all the drama started. I was deflated.”
Trott and Ruberry woke up on 24 July,
cards against humanity retail, the day of the opening ceremony, with no idea what was going on.
After a day of discussions,
online cards against humanity, Trott remembers a call was eventually made to Bermuda leader John Swan while the opening ceremony was taking place on television screens behind them.
Swan offered his support, and Trott and his teammates frantically got dressed into their Panama hats, blue blazers and beige shorts and rushed to Meadowbank Stadium to take part.
Having missed their slot, they marched on just before the host nation and received one of the biggest cheers of the night, with Scottish fans facing a Commonwealth Games without half the Commonwealth showing their delight.
Ruberry, meanwhile, missed the ceremony as he prepared to take part in his 100m breaststroke the following day.
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