Monday, September 1, 2014

1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow

The stamp on this fdc shows a fencer. This is one of many stamps issued by the USSR ( Soviet Union) in 1977 for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

The 1980 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Moscow in the Soviet Union.

The 1980 Games were the first to be staged in Eastern Europe.

But, what actually transpired in Moscow displayed anything but, the Olympic Spirit. Led by the US with the insistence of its President Jimmy Carter, 65 countries boycotted the games because of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, though some athletes from some of the boycotting countries participated in the games, under the Olympic Flag. This prompted the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Thank you Merja.

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