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1980 Summer Olympics
The 1980 Summer Olympics (Russian: Летние Олимпийские игры 1980, romanizedLetniye Olimpiyskiye igry 1980), officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad (Russian: И́гры XXII Олимпиа́ды, romanizedIgry XXII Olimpiady) and commonly known as Moscow 1980 (Russian: Москва 1980), were an international multi-sport event held from 19 July to 3 August 1980 in Moscow, Soviet Union, in present-day Russia.[3][4] The Games were the first to be staged in Eastern Europe, and remain the only Summer Olympics held there, as well as the first Olympic Games and only Summer Olympics[b] to be held in a Slavic language-speaking country. They were also the only Summer Olympic Games to be held in a communist country until the 2008 Summer Olympics held in China. These were the final Olympic Games under the IOC Presidency of Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin.[5]
Games of the XXII Olympiad

Emblem of the 1980 Summer Olympics
Host cityMoscow City, Moscow Oblast[1], Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nations80
Athletes5,179 (4,064 men, 1,115 women)
Events203 in 21 sports (27 disciplines)
Opening19 July
Closing3 August
Opened byChairman Leonid Brezhnev[2][a]
CauldronSergei Belov[2]
StadiumGrand Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium
Summer
Winter
1980 Summer Paralympics
Eighty nations were represented at the Moscow Games, the smallest number since 1956. Led by the United States, 66 countries boycotted the games entirely, because of the Soviet–Afghan War. Several alternative events were held outside of the Soviet Union. Some athletes from some of the boycotting countries (not included in the list of 66 countries that boycotted the games entirely) participated in the games under the Olympic Flag.[6] The Soviet Union later boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The Soviet Union won the most gold and overall medals, with the USSR and East Germany winning 127 out of 203 available golds.
Host city selection
A Soviet stamp sheet showing the logo of the games and its mascot Misha holding the 1980 Olympic torch. The map shows the torch relay route from Olympia, Greece, the site of the ancient Olympic Games, to Moscow, Russian SFSR. It also depicts the number of gold, silver and bronze medals (80, 69, 46) won by the Soviet athletes at the Games.
The only two cities to bid for the 1980 Summer Olympics were Moscow and Los Angeles. The choice between them was made at the 75th IOC Session in Vienna, Austria on 23 October 1974. Los Angeles would eventually host the 1984 Summer Olympics.[7][8][9]
1980 Summer Olympics bidding result
CityCountryVotes
Moscow Soviet Union39
Los Angeles United States20
Abstentions2
Participation overview and boycott
Main article: 1980 Summer Olympics boycott
Participating nations
Countries boycotting the 1980 Games are shaded blue
Olympic Village in February 2004
Eighty nations were represented at the Moscow Olympics, the smallest number since 1956. Of the eighty participating nations,[10] seven nations made their first appearance at these Games: Angola, Botswana, Cyprus, Jordan, Laos, Mozambique and Seychelles.[11] None of these nations won a medal.
Although approximately half of the 24 countries that boycotted the 1976 Summer Olympics (in protest against the IOC not expelling New Zealand who sanctioned a rugby tour of apartheid South Africa) participated in the Moscow Games, the 1980 Summer Olympics were disrupted by another, even larger, boycott led by the United States in protest of the 1979 Soviet–Afghan War. The Soviet invasion spurred President Jimmy Carter to issue an ultimatum on January 20, 1980, which stated that the U.S. would boycott the Moscow Olympics if Soviet troops did not withdraw from Afghanistan within one month.[12] 65 countries and regions invited did not take part in the 1980 Olympics. Many of these followed the United States' boycott initiative, while others[who?] cited economic reasons for not participating.[12][13] Iran, under Ayatollah Khomeini hostile to both superpowers, boycotted when the Islamic Conference condemned the invasion.[14]
Many of the boycotting nations participated instead in the Liberty Bell Classic, also known as the "Olympic Boycott Games", in Philadelphia. However, the nations that did compete had won 71 percent of all medals, and similarly 71 percent of the gold medals, at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. This was in part due to state-run doping programs that had been developed in the Eastern Bloc countries.[15][16] As a form of protest against the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, fifteen countries marched in the Opening Ceremony with the Olympic Flag instead of their national flags, and the Olympic Flag and Olympic Hymn were used at medal ceremonies when athletes from these countries won medals. Competitors from New Zealand,[17]Portugal, and Spain competed under the flags of their respective National Olympic Committees. Some of these teams that marched under flags other than their national flags were depleted by boycotts by individual athletes, while some athletes did not participate in the march.[citation needed]
The impact of the boycott was mixed, as some events such as swimming, track and field, boxing, basketball, diving, field hockey and equestrian sports were hit hard. Whilst competitors from 36 countries became Olympic medalists, the great majority of the medals were taken by the Soviet Union and East Germany in what was the most skewed medal tally since 1904.[18]
Events, records and drug tests overview
There were 203 events – more than at any previous Olympics. 36 world records, 39 European records and 74 Olympic records were set at the games. In total, this was more records than were set at Montreal. New Olympic records were set 241 times over the course of the competitions and world records were beaten 97 times.
A 1989 report by a committee of the Australian Senate claimed that "there is hardly a medal winner at the Moscow Games, certainly not a gold medal winner...who is not on one sort of drug or another: usually several kinds. The Moscow Games might well have been called the Chemists' Games".[19]
Manfred Donike, a member of the IOC Medical Commission, privately ran additional tests with a new technique for identifying abnormal levels of testosterone by measuring its ratio to epitestosterone in urine. Twenty percent of the specimens he tested, including those from sixteen gold medalists, would have resulted in disciplinary proceedings had the tests been official. The results of Donike's unofficial tests later convinced the IOC to add his new technique to their testing protocols.[20] The first documented case of "blood doping" occurred at the 1980 Summer Olympics as a runner was transfused with two pints of blood before winning medals in the 5000 m and 10,000 m.[21]
Media and broadcasting
Major broadcasters of the 1980 Games were USSR State TV and Radio (1,370 accreditation cards), Eurovision (31 countries, 818 cards) and Intervision (11 countries, 342 cards).[22] TV Asahi with 68 cards provided coverage for Japan, while OTI, representing Latin America, received 59 cards, and the Seven Network provided coverage for Australia (48 cards).[22] NBC, which had intended to be another major broadcaster, canceled its coverage in response to the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Games, and became a minor broadcaster with 56 accreditation cards,[22] although they did air highlights and recaps of the Games on a regular basis. ABC aired scenes of the opening ceremony during its Nightline program, and promised highlights each night, but later announced that they could not air any highlights as NBC still had exclusive broadcast rights in the US. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) almost canceled their plans for coverage after Canada took part in the boycott, and was represented by nine cards.[22] The television center used 20 television channels, compared to 16 for the Montreal Games, 12 for the Munich Games, and seven for the Mexico City Games. This was also the first time North Korea was watching, as KCTV (Korea Central Television) broadcast it as their first satellite program.
During the opening ceremony, Salyut 6 crew Leonid Popov and Valery Ryumin sent their greetings to the Olympians and wished them happy starts in the live communication between the station and the Central Lenin Stadium..[23]
Spectators and commemoration
150-rubles platinum coin (reverse)
The Games attracted five million spectators, an increase of 1.5 million from the Montreal Games. There were 1,245 referees from 78 countries.[citation needed] A series of commemorative coins was released in the USSR in 1977–1980 to commemorate the event. It consisted of five platinum coins, six gold coins, 28 silver coins and six copper-nickel coins.[citation needed]
Budget
According to the Official Report, submitted to the IOC by the NOC of the USSR, total expenditures for the preparations for and staging of the 1980 Games were US$​1,350,000,000,​[24] total revenues being US$231,000,000.[24]
Cost
The Oxford Olympics Study established the outturn cost of the Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics at US$6.3 billion in 2015 dollars.[25] This includes sports-related costs only, that is, (i) operational costs incurred by the organizing committee for the purpose of staging the Games, e.g., expenditures for technology, transportation, workforce, administration, security, catering, ceremonies, and medical services, and (ii) direct capital costs incurred by the host city and country or private investors to build, e.g., the competition venues, the Olympic village, international broadcast center, and media and press center, which are required to host the Games. Indirect capital costs are not included, such as for road, rail, or airport infrastructure, or for hotel upgrades or other business investment incurred in preparation for the Games but not directly related to staging the Games. The cost for Moscow 1980 compares with costs of US$4.6 billion for Rio 2016 (projected), US$40–44 billion for Beijing 2008 and US$51 billion for Sochi 2014, the most expensive Olympics in history. Average cost for the Summer Games since 1960 is US$5.2 billion.
Opening ceremony
Main article: 1980 Summer Olympics opening ceremony
Highlights of the different events
Archery
Main article: Archery at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Athletics
Marathon in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral
Main article: Athletics at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Basketball
Main article: Basketball at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Boxing
Main article: Boxing at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Canoeing
All events in canoeing and rowing took place at the Moscow Canoeing and Rowing Basin in Krylatskoye
Main article: Canoeing at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Cycling
Olympic Velodrome in Krylatskoye
Main article: Cycling at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Diving
Main article: Diving at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Equestrian
Main article: Equestrian at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Fencing
Main article: Fencing at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Football
Main article: Football at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Pins released by the USSR for the football event of the Olympics (with a British 50 pence coin for size comparison)
Gymnastics
Main article: Gymnastics at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Handball
The USSR men's handball team celebrating their victory over Yugoslavia
Main article: Handball at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Field hockey
Main article: Field hockey at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Judo
Main article: Judo at the 1980 Summer Olympics
In Japan's absence, the USSR won five medals.
Modern Pentathlon
Main article: Modern pentathlon at the 1980 Summer Olympics
In the modern pentathlon, George Horvath (Sweden) recorded a perfect score in the pistol shoot. It had been achieved only once before in 1936.
Rowing
Main article: Rowing at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Sailing
Main article: Sailing at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Shooting
Main article: Shooting at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Swimming
Main article: Swimming at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Rica Reinisch with her gold medal in 200 m swimming.
Volleyball
Main article: Volleyball at the 1980 Summer Olympics
The prominent nation in both volleyball competitions was the USSR; its teams won both golds.
Water polo
Main article: Water polo at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Hungary won a bronze medal in water polo. This continued their run of always winning a medal in this event since 1928.
Weightlifting
Main article: Weightlifting at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Wrestling
Main article: Wrestling at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Closing ceremony
Main article: 1980 Summer Olympics closing ceremony
Misha, the mascot, formed in a mosaic as a tear runs down his face during the closing ceremony
Misha carried by balloons into the sky, commemorated by a 2000 postage stamp issued by Russia
Because of the U.S. boycott, changes were made to the traditional elements of the closing ceremony that represent the handover to the host city of the next Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Among them, the flag of the city of Los Angeles instead of the United States flag was raised, and the Olympic Anthem instead of the national anthem of the United States was played. There was also no "Antwerp Ceremony", where the ceremonial Olympic flag was transferred from the Mayor of Moscow to the Mayor of Los Angeles; instead the flag was kept by the Moscow city authorities until 1984. Furthermore, there was no next host city presentation.
Both the opening and closing ceremonies were shown in Yuri Ozerov's 1981 film Oh, Sport – You Are The World! (Russian: О спорт, ты – мир!).
Venues
Main article: Venues of the 1980 Summer Olympics
¹ New facilities constructed in preparation for the Olympic Games. ² Existing facilities modified or refurbished in preparation for the Olympic Games.
Medals awarded
The 1980 Summer Olympic programme featured 203 events in the following 21 sports:
Calendar
All times are in Moscow Time (UTC+3)
 ● 
Opening ceremony
   
Event competitions
 ● 
Event finals
 ● 
Closing ceremony
DateJulyAugust
19th
Sat
20th
Sun
21st
Mon
22nd
Tue
23rd
Wed
24th
Thu
25th
Fri
26th
Sat
27th
Sun
28th
Mon
29th
Tue
30th
Wed
31st
Thu
1st
Fri
2nd
Sat
3rd
Sun
Archery
Athletics








Basketball
Boxing

Canoeing

Cycling
Diving
Equestrian
Fencing
Field hockey
Football (soccer)
Gymnastics

Handball
Judo
Modern pentathlon
Rowing

Sailing
Shooting
Swimming





Volleyball
Water polo
Weightlifting
Wrestling





Total gold medals571012191522221016141119201
Ceremonies
Date19th
Sat
20th
Sun
21st
Mon
22nd
Tue
23rd
Wed
24th
Thu
25th
Fri
26th
Sat
27th
Sun
28th
Mon
29th
Tue
30th
Wed
31st
Thu
1st
Fri
2nd
Sat
3rd
Sun
JulyAugust
Medal count
Main article: 1980 Summer Olympics medal table
This is a list of all nations that won medals at the 1980 Games.
A "bronze" medal – actually tombac – from the 1980 Summer Olympics
  *   Host nation (Soviet Union)
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Soviet Union (URS)*806946195
2 East Germany (GDR)473742126
3 Bulgaria (BUL)8161741
4 Cuba (CUB)87520
5
 Italy (ITA)
83415
6 Hungary (HUN)7101532
7
 Romania (ROU)
661325
8
 France (FRA)
65314
9
 Great Britain (GBR)
57921
10 Poland (POL)3141532
11 Sweden (SWE)33612
12 Finland (FIN)3148
13
 Czechoslovakia (TCH)
23914
14 Yugoslavia (YUG)2349
15
 Australia (AUS)
2259
16
 Denmark (DEN)
2125
17
 Brazil (BRA)
2024
 Ethiopia (ETH)
2024
19
 Switzerland (SUI)
2002
20
 Spain (ESP)
1326
21
 Austria (AUT)
1214
22
 Greece (GRE)
1023
23
 Belgium (BEL)
1001
 India (IND)
1001
 Zimbabwe (ZIM)1001
26 North Korea (PRK)0325
27 Mongolia (MGL)0224
28
 Tanzania (TAN)
0202
29 Mexico (MEX)0134
30
 Netherlands (NED)
0123
31
 Ireland (IRL)
0112
32
 Uganda (UGA)
0101
 Venezuela (VEN)
0101
34 Jamaica (JAM)0033
35 Guyana (GUY)0011
 Lebanon (LIB)
0011
Totals (36 nations)204204223631
List of participating countries and regions
In the following list, the number in parentheses indicates the number of athletes from each nation that competed in Moscow. Nations in italics competed under the Olympic flag (or, in the cases of New Zealand, Portugal and Spain, under the flags of their respective National Olympic Committees):
Number of athletes sent per nation
Participating National Olympic Committees
^ Note:  Liberia with seven athletes, withdrew after marching in the Opening Ceremony and took part in the boycott.
See also
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  1. ^ IOC records state Brezhnev opened the Moscow Games as "President", a title used at that time by the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, or de jure head of state. (The office of President of the Soviet Union was not created until 1990, a year before the nation broke up.) Though Brezhnev was also de facto ruler as General Secretary of the Communist Party, that title is not reflected in IOC records.
  2. ^ Since 1980, the 1984 Winter Olympics and 2014 Winter Olympics were also held in Slavic-speaking nations.
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Preceded by
Montreal
Summer Olympic Games
Host City
XXII Olympiad (1980)
Succeeded by
Los Angeles
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