Essay on The 1980 Summer Olympic Games Boycott

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The 1980 Summer Olympic Games have been chosen to be hosted in Moscow, Russia. However, in late December 1979, the Soviet Union looked to Afghanistan, a key location settled in between Asia and the Middle East, to establish key positions in the country. While the Soviet Union Invasion of Afghanistan in December, 1979 did not affect all Olympic competing nations, it proved itself to lead to a bigger situation–the 1980 Olympic Games boycott.

The 1980 summer Olympics, or more formally known as Games of the XXII Olympiad, was held in Moscow in the Soviet Union. Moscow proved to serve as a sufficient location for the Summer Games, proving itself with its size and budget, it was also an opportunity to elicit new jobs into the community and
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However, the United Nation Security Council to call Russia to withdraw their troops was vetoed by Russia themselves. From the beginning, the Carter Administration had been closely watching the Soviet Union's actions in Afghanistan. President Jimmy Carter, in response, wrote an aggressively worded letter to Leonid Brezhnev that criticized the Soviet Union's actions and vowed to protect Middle Eastern oil supplies. The United States later responded by placing a ban on exporting grain to Russia and the Carter Administration passed economic sanctions and trade embargoes against Russia. President Carter issued an ultimatum on January 20, 1980, stating that the United States would boycott the 1980 Olympic Games unless the Soviet troops withdrew from Afghanistan in one month. A month passed by and the Soviet troops have not withdrawn from Afghanistan. The United States was boycotting the Olympic Games and invited all other nations to take part in their boycott. Although some countries such as Germany complained to the United States, a total of sixty-five countries did not attend the Summer Olympics in Moscow. Some countries didn’t attend the Olympic Games due to economic and financial reasoning, but overall, most of the countries were in support of the boycott. While United Kingdom, France and Australia, supported the boycott, the countries still allowed their athletes to attend the Games if they chose to do so. The United Kingdom and France, however, did send a

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