South Africa had been an integral feature of the Olympic landscape ever since 1908, when it was still a colonial possession of Great Britain. Reginald Honey, who spoke for South Africa at the International Olympic Committee (IOC), rejected Santos's version of what had transpired. He vehemently denied that the South African Olympic Committee or its football federation were responsible for the fiasco. As a number of former European colonies in Africa achieved independence, international disapproval of the apartheid regime intensified. Its standing in the Olympic world in the early 1960s was clearly in jeopardy. South Africa's Olympic Committee had to "collectively, clearly, and publicly" disassociate itself from the policy of non-competition in sports and non-integration in the administration of sports in South Africa between Whites and non-Whites. Racial discrimination was anathema to the African states. They confirmed their adherence to the Olympic Movement and firmly condemned all discrimination in sport.