In the era of international isolation, South African sports codes all tried to find ways to compete against foreign depsite the boycott. By 1971 the Canadians were no longer coming to compete against Karen Muir, and fewer international teams were seen locally. A Spanish team of four male Olympians - Arturo Lang-Lenton, Jose Chicoy, Pedro Balcells and Enrique Melo - was due to arrive in the country but the trip was suddenly cancelled due to political pressure. The Spanish team was to include a water polo team. South Africa competed in a series of swimming Test Matches against Rhodesia in Janaury 1971. The tour went to some out-of-the-way venue including Carletonville and King William's Town.