The Moscow Olympics, 1980

Competing in the context of the Cold War and state dirigisme

Authored by: Olga Chepurnaya

Routledge Handbook of Sport and Politics

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138792548
eBook ISBN: 9781315761930
Adobe ISBN: 9781317646679


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At the seventy-fifth meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) held in October 1974, the decision was made to select Moscow as the host city of the XXII Summer Olympic Games in 1980 (almost immediately the media reduced the full name down to Olympics-80). This event was preceded by a long history of relations between the USSR and the IOC, which emerged during the post-World War II period, when in the spring of 1951, the USSR became a member of the Olympic Movement. From 1952, the Soviet national team regularly took part in the Olympic Games.

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