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UK Prime Minister James Callaghan and Commonwealth leaders at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland in 1977

Image of UK Prime Minister James Callaghan and Commonwealth leaders relaxing at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland in 1977

Gleneagles Agreement starts apartheid South Africa's sporting isolation

1977
Commonwealth Heads of Government issued the Gleneagles Agreement on apartheid sport at their summit in Gleneagles, Scotland on 15 June 1977.

Also known as the Commonwealth boycott of apartheid sport, the Gleneages Agreement was the first international move in the global campaign to isolate South Africa (then under a white racist government) from world sport. Agreed some six months before a parallel UN boycott, it was powerfully effective, and its success may have led the way to sanctions in cultural and economic areas.