The agreement limited South Africa`s ability to participate in international competitions with sports such as rugby and cricket, which tended to dominate Commonwealth countries, which helped put international pressure on the regime. ”The agreement was a victory for all Commonwealth countries, as they all agreed to do their best. break the apartheid system in sport,” British Prime Minister James Callaghan said, adding that each country would strive to ”maintain and strengthen” the consensus negotiated at the summit. South Africa joined the Commonwealth in 1994 after the end of apartheid and the country`s first truly democratic elections, when Nelson Mandela was elected president. In the Gleneagles Agreement of 1977, Commonwealth Presidents and Prime Ministers, as part of their support for the international campaign against apartheid, agreed to prevent contact and competition between their athletes and South African sports organisations, teams or individuals. The agreement was unanimously approved by the Commonwealth of Nations at a meeting in Gleneagles, Perthshire, Scotland. [1] [2] In 1977, Muldoon joined the Gleneagles Agreement, a pact between Commonwealth leaders to prevent sporting contact with South Africa, which at the time was pursuing a policy of apartheid – a distinct development for its black and white citizens. As a result, however, he refused to prevent a highly controversial tour of New Zealand by the South African national rugby team Springbok in 1981. This cartoon by Peter Bromhead regrets the resulting damage to New Zealand`s international reputation. . The Gleneagles Agreement, named after the Scottish seaside resort where the Heads of Government Summit was held on 15 June 1977, forced Commonwealth countries to stop competing with South African athletes in order to increase pressure on the country`s apartheid regime.

. The Gleneages Agreement, also known as the Commonwealth Boycott of Apartheid Sport, was the first international step in the global campaign to isolate South Africa (then under a white racist government) from world sport. Agreed about six months before a parallel boycott of the UN, it was powerfully effective, and its success may have paved the way for sanctions in the cultural and economic fields. In particular, the Heads of Government welcomed the unanimous conviction at their meeting that, in view of their consultations and agreements, there would probably be no important future sporting contacts between the Commonwealth countries or their nationals and South Africa as long as that country continued to pursue the despicable policy of apartheid. On this basis, and in view of their commitments, they looked forward to the holding of the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton and the strengthening of Commonwealth sport in general […].