Games of the 22 Olympiad,1980
|City||Moscow, USSR (Tallinn - Sailing)|
- In October 1974 at the 75th Session of the IOC in Vienna, Moscow, USSR was named the host city of the Olympic games 1980.
- The only one opponent of Moscow was Los Angeles, USA - next host city for Olympics 1984.
- It was the first Olympiad in communist country.
- In 1980 at the 83th Session of the IOC in Moscow, Juan Antonio Samaranch was elected as President of the IOC.
Moscow 1980 - Medal Table
Games of the 22 Olympiad,1980 - Some interesting facts
- The Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev officially opened the Games of the 22 Olympiad at the 103,000-capacity Lenin Stadium.
- Following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979, the United States, West Germany, Canada, Japan and more than 60 other countries decided to boycott the Games. So only 80 countries - the fewest since 1956 - took part in the Olympics 1980.
- The governments of some states as Great Britain, Australia, Italy and other countries supported the boycott, but allowed their athletes to participate in competition if they wanted to.
- Despite the absence of American and others athletes, Moscow 1980 have seen 36 world records and 74 olympic records broken.
Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games