1980 Olympics

Events

Cold War

1973 - 1991

Cold War 1945-1991 effect international sports.

Soviet Union

1973

Refused to play Chile in World Cup soccer - Cold War tensions

Jimmy Carter Presidential Term

January 20, 1977 - January 20, 1981

The 39th U.S President who was defeated by Ronald Reagan due to mishandling many issues including the 1980 Olympics boycott.

Soviet Military

1979

Invaded Afghanistan to reinforce the country's communist regime against Islamic rebel forces

Iranian Hostage Crisis

November 4, 1979 - January 20, 1981

Four hundred and forty four day crisis which 52 U.S citizens were taken hostage

The invasion of Afganistan

December 25, 1979

U.S wanted the Mujihadeen to take over the Afghan government

Grain Embargo

January 4, 1980

The Grain Embargo was President Jimmy Carter's response to the Soviet Union invasion. The U.S stopped selling Grain to USSR

Boycott Announcement

March 21, 1980

Jimmy Carter announces boycott. U.S boycott summer Olympic Games

1980 Olympics in Moscow

July 16, 1980

Only 80 countries attended. The smallest amount of countries participated since 1904

Ronald Reagan Presidential Term

January 20, 1981 - January 20, 1989

40th U.S President who overwhelmingly defeated Jimmy Carter , who received less than 42% of the popular vote.

USSR boycotted 1984 Olympics

July 28, 1984

USSR boycotted the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles in response to the 1980 boycott. Only 14 countries followed the USSR in 1984

America invades Afghanistan

October 7, 2001 - December 2014

In response to the 9/11 attacks