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Moscow Olympic boycott

Moscow Olympic boycott

After the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, the US and Britain initiated a boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympic games. New Zealand supported the move and asked its athletes to stay away. Four refused and competed at the games anyway, although none won any medals. This cartoon highlights some of the measures the government introduced to dissuade athletes from going, including the denial of special leave for public servants and the withdrawal of embassy support in Moscow.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-349-071
Cartoon by Nevile Lodge

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How to cite this page:

Gerald Hensley, 'Cold War - The last decade: the 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 October 2021)

Story by Gerald Hensley, published 20 Jun 2012