CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 20, 1980
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(Studio) Expiration today of President Carter's deadline for USSR withdrawal from Afghanistan noted; White House statement of United States intentions to honor boycott of Moscow games noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Lake Placid, New York) United States Olympic committee said refusing to commit self to saying that United States athletes will boycott games; decision date stated. Effect of committee 's lack of action on White House efforts to line up more support for boycott considered. [Committee member F. Don MILLER - comments.] [International Olympic Committee president Lord KILLANIN - comments on West's criticism of E. Europe for their lack of freedom of movement, in light of United States threat to lift athletes passports.] Support of boycott by England, New Zealand and Kenya noted; their medal winnings of 1976 and respective athletes mentioned. [Kenya President Daniel Arap MOI - comments on his nation's decision.] No. of medals won by United States teams in Montreal recalled; members cited. Photos shown; their respective sports discussed. International Olympic Committee rules considered in light of boycott movement
REPORTER: Steve Young
(Studio) Lack of comment in Moscow on President Carter's demand for their pullout on his boycott deadline noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) USSR said incring. troops in Afghanistan; their ridicule of President Carter's call for neutrality there mentioned. Details given with regard to current state of affairs in Afghanistan; United States assumption that divisions within Kremlin have deepened as result of setback in Afghanistan cited.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
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