Peter Norman “was never blacklisted” for his actions in 1968
He was never chosen for another Olympics, but suggestions Australian athlete Peter Norman was banned, or blacklisted from representing his country as a result of standing alongside two African Americans in the Black Power salute at the 1968 Games, were refuted by Coates when he spoke with Julian King.
“He wasn’t (blacklisted). There are those stories but if you were to talk to Australian Athletics, Peter didn’t qualify for the trials of the 1972 Olympics. He was never blacklisted.”
The family of Norman were on hand in Melbourne to accept an Order of Merit for his actions in Mexico City.
“He’s our greatest male sprinter but yes the social impact is much more significant.”
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