The Moscow Olympics
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The 1980 Olympic boycott was the most extensive diplomatic effort ever connected with an Olympic celebration. Moscow sought Western recognition of the gains by involving the US, West Germany, and other states in the Talinn Olympic regatta. Moscow arrested several reporters who covered events not on the Olympic calender, and used control over their press facilities to kill reports filed by several more. The President Carter seems to have been reluctant to use it, perhaps in line with his refusal to use the Olympic weapon over Shcharansky or because he assumed that most Americans would prefer to compete in Moscow. President Carter based his boycott formula on the contention that neither he, the Congress, nor the American people would tolerate a US Olympic presence in Moscow unless Soviet troops left Afghanistan within a month of his warning. Even Romania--with its well-known opposition to Soviet interventionism--supported Moscow's Olympic position.