In the unseasonable cold of the spring of 1980, there was an impromptu meeting of oarsmen at the back of the Boat House in Hammersmith. We were there to debate the Amateur Rowing Association's decision to boycott the Moscow Olympics in protest at the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. We were annoyed that, under pressure from Margaret Thatcher's Government, it had adopted such a stance without consulting us. As a result of this gathering we got together with other athletes and a handful of us, including Seb Coe and Duncan Goodhew, worked to ensure that our voices were heard.
We finally persuaded some of the governing bodies to change their minds and support the British Olympic Association's decision to send a team.… Seguir leyendo »