BRITISH WORKERS' SPORTS ASSOCIATION.
Joint General Secretaries: George H. Elvin. H.B. Underhill.
Transport House, Smith Square,
London S.W.1. Tel: VIC 8016,
9th June 1936.
BARCELONA POPULAR OLYMPIAD.
The British Workers' Sports Association is calling a conference for Monday June 22nd 1936 at 8 p.m. at the National Trade Union Club, 24-28, New Oxford Street, London W.C.1.
This Conference is to discuss ways of preventing the injury to the Olympic Ideals which is likely to result from the Berlin Games owing to their expoiltation by the German Government.
The Conference will hear reports from representatives who attended the International Fair-Play Conference held recently in Paris, and arrangements will be made for sending a large team of British athletes to compete at Barcelona in the POPULAR OLYMPIAD from 22nd - 26th July 1936.
The object is to counter the effect of the Berlin Games with a poular sports festival, which does not hope for record feats, but does intend to preserve the Olympic spirit of peace and co-operation between nations. All sides of sport will be
represented at Barcelona; athletics, swimming, football, rugby, basketball, tennis, boxing, wrestling, cycling, chess and in addition there will be mass gymnastics and also an Art Olympiad.
In the words of the organising committee: "The People's Olympiad of Barcelona revives the original spirit of the Games and accomplishes this great task under the banner of the brotherhood of men and races. The Peoples' Olympiad not only brings together in friendly competition the leading amateur sportsmen of Spain, Catalona and Biscay with those of other countries, but also promotes the general development of popular sport; at the same time giving an opportunity for enthusiasts in more modest categories to gauge their strength against sportsmen from other districts and other countries.
The Peoples' Olympiad of Barcelona must show the sport-loving masses that it is neither chauvinistic nor commercialised, with the prouduction of sensational publicity for "stars" as its objective, but rather a popular movement which springs from the activity of the toiling masses and which gives impetus to progress and culture."
All sportsmen in this country who abhor the manner in which the Berlin Games will scrap the true Olympic spirit are to be invited to compete at Barcelona.