Australia Looks to 1956 Olympics: Sports, Civic Authorities End Differences and Form Plans for Melbourne Site, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-17


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at as b - a- «:• -•;•-...-.- ™-v~ .--.v";.™.-. : :**.■?:■ ■ ■■■■■• ■■•■■:■. ■■■$ l I I I jj I I ■ „ | 1 | ! s d KEN HOLCOMBE— Pitcher has been sent to the St. Louis Browns by the White Sox on waivers. t l I I I jj I I ■ | 1 | ! Australia Looks To 1956 Olympics Sports, Civic Authorities End Differences and Form Plans for Melbourne Site By GEORGE McCADDEN United Press Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia, June 16.— After long bickering, Australian sports and civic authorities sank their differences and established impressive machinery today to play the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. The two key executives of the project, whose selection has been warmly, applaud - ed in Australia, will make a close study of the 1952 Helsinki games. They will also in- spect Olympic Stadia in Los Angeles and London. They are Arthur William Coles, 60, Australian chain store tycoon and airline organizer, and Percy William Nette, 60, known throughout Australia as an extremely able government administrator. Coles is chairman of the control com-I mittee, or executive body, of the over-all organizing committee. Nette is organizing secretary. They will arrive in Los Angeles via Brit- ish Commonwealth Pacific Airlines tomorrow to spend several days inspecting re-j maining facilities of the 1952 games. After several days in New York they will arrive in London by air on June 30. They will arrive in Helsinki a fortnight before commencement of the 1952 games and remain there until early August. Full Confidence Assured » Foreign observers, long critical of prolonged petty bickering over preliminary organization of the 1956 games, now conceded that full confidence in the successful conduct of the Melbourne event has been assured by recent developments. All major preliminary obstacles have been cleared away with selection of a Mel-f bourne site for the games, the appointment of a very strong organizing committee, and by obtaining adequate . finance to erect necessary facilities. Furthermore, a cozy political atmosphere for planning of the games has developed from warm pledges of non-partisan sup-s port for the project from all of the countrys three major political parties. Wilfred Kent Hughes, Federal minister of interior, works and housing, and chair - man of the organizing committee, took a strong hand in rescuing the 1956 games from chaos. So did Arthur Calwell, deputy leader of the Australian labor party. Calwell is a hard-hitting politician who fathered Australias world-famed postwar European migration scheme when he was minister for immigration. Calwell took a seat on the organizing committee. Kent Hughes is a 57-year-old politician, soldier, author and athlete who once captained the Oxford ski team. Adventurous and versatile, Kent Hughes is a Melbourne Rhodes Scholar who fought in both World Wars and while held prisoner by the Japa-s nese wrote a 60,000-word epic poem called "Slaves of Samurai" on tiny sheets of smuggled paper. Kent Hughes ran unplaced in the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp in the 400 meter hurdles. He was British champion in this event in 1922. Kent Hughes delivered a moving appeal in parliament for Australian cooperation with the new Japan during debate over the peace treaty. He said he spoke as "one who had suffered at the hands of Japanese cap- tors." . » ■• f s f t _ v r s " - a i ■ 2 a i 3 -

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