1980 Olympic Boycott
The main cause of the boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia was the fact that the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.
- This invasion made President Jimmy Carter angry due to that fact that we gave many weapons to Afghanistan to fight off the Soviets. So, he gave the Soviet Union a month to withdraw the troops or else the US will not send their athletes to Moscow.
- The Soviets still had their troops in Afghanistan after the month, so the US did not send their athletes to the 1980 Olympics.
The effect of this was that it knocked the popularity of the Olympics and the Soviets did not make as much money due to television ratings and all the hype that comes with the United States athletes.
Here is a drawing of a person handcuffed by the Olympic Rings. The Olympics has always been a place where all countries can put aside adversity and showcase talent, but the Olympic boycotts let the problems of those countries get on the way.
1984 Olympic Boycott
The 1984 Olympic Boycott involved 14 Eastern Bloc countries and allies, led by the Soviet Union.
All countries that did not attend the Olympics in LA
The USSR announced their intention on the 1984 Olympics on May 8th, 1984 when they said there is security concerns in the US, "chauvinistic sentiments and an anti-Soviet hysteria being whipped up in the United States."
As you can see from the image above, the red ring that is broken represents the countries that dropped out of the Olympics due to political indifferences.
Poland was another country that did not attend and their reasoning behind it was that they saw it as a "campaign aimed at disturbing the games."
Most of the worlds media saw this as the USSR retaliating to the United States due to them boycotting their Olympics in Moscow.