The Michigan Daily-Saturday, May 29, 1982-Page 11
FOR MOST, SPOR T IS 'ONLY A SPECTACLE'
Soviet recruits not physically fit
MOSCOW (AP)-A Soviet
mechanized infantry battalion
mustered recently for physical fitness
tests and only five soldiers from one
company showed up.
Everyone else in the unit either went
on sick call or volunteered for other
duties, the Soviet Defense Ministry
newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (Red
Star) said recently in an article
criticizing the physical fitness of the
country's military personnel.
IT SAID one private took 15 minutes
to complete the 1.8-mile cross-country
run, four minutes slower than the
minimum standard, and the company
commander, identified only as Capt.
Aitmukhametov, did even worse.
"The testing commission waited 21
minutes at the finish line but the cap-
tain never appeared," the newspaper
said. "Results weren't any better in the
Despite a national program to train
school-age youths in military skills,
Soviet authorities admit that many
recruits and career soldiers aren't
COACHES AND TRAINING facilities
are lavished on the relatively small
number of Olympic-calibre athletes
while ordinary Soviet school children,
citizens and soldiers are often shor-
"For most people sport is still only a
spectacle," President Leonid Brezhnev
said in his 1980 speech to the Com-
munist Party Congress, calling for im-
proved sports programs for the masses.
A resolution adopted by the Com-
munist Party and government last fall
disclosed "serious shortcomings" in
physical conditioning of draft-age
workers and troops.
THE DEFENSE MINISTRY was or-
dered to "intensify physical training for
servicemen and to develop army spor-
ts." But recent articles in the state-run
press have shown that fitness problems
haven't been solved.
Young men drafted at age 18or 19 for
two years into the army or three in the
navy normally are sent directly to ac-
tive military units instead of going
through basic training. In theory, the
recruits have already learned target
shooting, rifle maintenance, proper use
of gas masks, first aid and other
military skills in Soviet schools.
The All-Union Voluntary
Organization for Assistance to the Ar-
my, Air Force, and Navy supervises the
school and factory training programs.
CONSCRIPTION MEETS the man-
power needs of the Soviet Union's stan-
ding armed forces-an estimated 3.7
million personnel on active duty, com-
pared to 1.9 million in the all-volunteer
armed forces of the United States.
But Soviet newspaper reports have
suggested that the necessary skills are
lacking in many draftees.
Krasnaya Zvezda's front-page report
about lax standards in a mechanized in-
fantry battalion-which wasn't iden-
tified by name or location-suggested
the standards weren't being achieved
throughout the Soviet army.
MOST OF THE battalion's officers
wangled medical excuses to avoid the
fitness tests, it said, and the few who
did appear failed gymnastics
requirements on the vault and bars.
(Continued from Page 1)
congressional action to trim potentially
huge federal deficits.
April's increase in Commerce's In-
dex of Leading Indicators was the first
since April1981 for the compilation of 10
individual economic indicators
designed to show future trends in the
Commerce Secretary Malcoln-
Baldrige called the gain "a welcome
improvement." But he noted that
figures measuring orders for new con-
sumer goods and for new plant and
equipment were still falling.
"UNTIL THE indicators for
homebuilding and orders for consumer
and business equipment show clear
signs of recovery it would be premature
to draw any firm conclusions about the
timing of a business upturn," Baldridge
Sandra Shaber, director of consumer
economics for Chase Econometrics in
Bala Cynud, Pa., said, "we have been
saying that the recession is close to bot-
The new report, she said, "offers at
least some - and let me hedge that as
much as I can - some evidence" that
recovery could be near. She called the
decline in orders "particularly
ominous," and said she expects only
"very slow growth and probably erratic
......_.1. _ 4., - . ......1, .l ..... 1.c -
u eh Daily Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS
Now you seehim
With muscles rippling, this Ann Arbor jogger breaks out in front of the pack in an informal S.Fifth St. heat. He was
later disqualified, however, for an infringement in the rules - he crossed before the "walk" signal.
Houston police question oca suspeet
Continued from Page 1)
and they say they notified Houston
authorities when Watts left the area.
AFTER THE two Ann Arbor detec-
tives arrived in Houston, authorities
there raised Watts' bail from $80,000 to
But Corbett said yesterday that he
does not intend to ask that Watts be
charged with any of the 1980 murders.
"At the present time, we do not have
ample evidence to charge him with the,
commission of those crimes," Corbett
"This has been the most frustrating
case (I've had) in 28 years of police
work," Corbett said.
WILLIAM Delhey, Washtenaw
County prosecutor, said the trip to
Houston by the two Ann Arbor detec-
tives did not produce any new develop-
ments in the case. "I discussed it with
the police Tuesday and today (Friday),
and I don't believe anything new has
come up at this point," he said.
On Sunday, according to Houston
police, Watts confronted a 21-year-old
woman and forced her to take him to
her apartment. Police said when he got
into her apartment, he tied up her and
her 18-year-old roommate with coat
hangers, drew some water in the
bathtub, and began forcing the 21-year-
old's head underwater. The roommate
escaped, jumped from a second-floor
balcony, and called police.
Police said the 21-year-old was
hospitalized for several days, but the
other woman was not seriously hurt.
WATTS HAS been charged with at-
tempted murder, kidnapping, and
burglary in connection with the incident
Houston police said the special
homicide squad investigating the 40
murders was organized on Monday af-
ter detectives determined that several
women recently killed had all been
customers at restaurants and bars in
southwest Houston the night before
their bodies were found.
The head of the squad, Lt. Guy
Mason, said the homicide team will
study 40 cases dating back to January
1981. Twenty-six of those cases have
been ruled homicides and the rest are
considered "suspicious" deaths or
Campus police at Western Michigan
University in Kalamazoo said Watts is
also a suspect in the Oct. 30, 1974
slaying of a WMU female student.
Armed robbery in Argo Park
A man was robbed at knife point
yesterday morning at 5:30 a.m. in Argo
Park, on Ann Arbor's north side, accor-
ding to police. The man was accosted
by three black males, knocked out, and
robbed. The man was treated at