Modern Olympic Games Boycotts

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“The Olympic Games are arguably the most popular multi-sporting event in the world. As of 2010, twenty-three Nations and thirty-nine separate cities have hosted the Olympics since its revival in 1896” (Saum 8). The 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games has been labeled as a “case study”, examining the relationship between sports and politics, and how they affect each other. Some argue that the United States purposely boycotted the 1980 Olympics as a low risked protest against the Soviet Union’s invasion into Afghanistan, and also displaying the success of both capitalism and socialism. At the end of the 1984 Olympic Games the United States came out victorious with a more economically successful Olympic Games then the Soviet Union’s, who held the 1980 Olympic Games. Thus, concluding the triumph of Capitalism over socialism. In The Political Olympics: Moscow, Afghanistan, and the 1980 U.S. Boycott, Derick Hulme states that “The peripheral relationship of sport to international relations allows leaders to turn to it, aware that its use will be relatively low risk, especially as evaluated against its potential benefits” (Hulme 14). In other words the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games were a way for the United States and Soviets to send low risk political statements. The outcome of the games were not going to cause all out war or even decided the Cold war,…
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