1980 &1984 Summer Olympics Boycotts
Complications between the U.S. and Russia
The 1980 Summer Olympic Boycott
The 1984 Summer Olympic Boycott
How it happened
The USSR announced its intentions to boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics on May 8, 1984, citing security concerns and stating that “chauvinistic sentiments and an anti-Soviet hysteria were being whipped up in the United States.” A US official said the country had ignored suggestive comments by the Soviets in the weeks building up to the announcement and that, in spite of all the indications, the United States was “absolutely dumbfounded” when the official announcement arrived. After the announcement, six more nations joined the boycott, including Bulgaria, East Germany (on May 10), Mongolia and Vietnam (both May 11), and Laos and Czechoslovakia (both May 13). China formally confirmed that it would be present at the games in Los Angeles, while the Laotians and Czechoslovaks announced their decision to boycott the event.
This is an map of Olympic Boycotts, showing the nations boycotting the 1980 games in blue and the countries boycotting the 1984 games in red
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