An International Olympic Committee delegation Wednesday imposed tough conditions, including the abolition of apartheid, for South Africa to get back into the Olympics.
The delegation, completing a five-day visit, gave South Africa 180 days to meet the conditions.Keba Mbaye of Senegal, the group's chairman, also noted invitations for the 1992 Winter and Summer Games must go out a year in advance, giving South Africa less than the 180 days if it wants to participate.
The IOC Commission on Apartheid and Olympism's final statement before leaving the country appeared to be a blow for South African sports officials, who privately expected the panel to recommend the country be readmitted to the Olympic movement.
Instead, it called for the abolition of apartheid and the unification of South African sports bodies into non-racial groups. It also demanded that an umbrella sports organization formed to push for unity must comply with the Olympic Charter and normalize relations with international sports bodies, especially the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa.
The statement also said the delegation was "concerned with progress relating to the development and upgrading of sports facilities, technical equipment and levels of coaching for all disadvantaged groups in South Africa."
It said the government and corporate financial support would be needed to remedy the situation.
"Finally, until these conditions are met, the IOC requires the continuation of the moratorium applied to international competition with South African sports organizations," the statement said.
Mbaye refused to provide details of what the commission meant in demanding the abolition of apartheid.
President F.W. de Klerk told the panel at a meeting Monday that all apartheid laws would be eliminated by June. But black leaders have said South Africa should continue to be banned from international sports until the black majority can vote in national elections.
Kevan Gosper, an IOC vice president and commission member, said he believed South Africa could meet the conditions within the 180-day time limit.
South African officials also have said IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch indicated he would help the country prepare for re-entering Olympic competition on short notice. It was not known if Samaranch would allow South Africa to enter the 1992 Games after invitations had been extended.
The six-member IOC Commission arrived Saturday to assess whether the suspension imposed in 1970 should be lifted. South Africa was barred from the Olympics because of apartheid, which allows the white minority to dominate the government and economy and denies national voting rights to the black majority.
Some black groups, including the militant Pan Africanist Congress, have called for the sports ban against South Africa to continue until all vestiges of apartheid had been eliminated. The PAC met Tuesday with the IOC delegation and later called for a new constitution and voting rights for blacks before it would support the country's readmission to the IOC.