CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 23, 1980
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(Studio) Japanese executive Olympic committee reported voting to participate in Moscow Olympics, but are reserving final decision until European ntns. decide; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation noted canceling plans to carry the games. Law- suit against United States Olympic committee by 19 athletes reported International Olympic Committee noted ending Switzerland mtgs. aimed at salvaging Moscow Olympics.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Lausanne, Switzerland) International Olympic Committee's efforts to provide means of national cmtes. withstanding pressure from their respective ntns. to boycott Moscow Olympics described; films shown. International Olympic Committee noted providing funds and transportation to Moscow for teams denied government support; Lord Killanin, IOC president, said offering to discuss situation with president Carter and Leonid Brezhnev. [KILLANIN - comments.) Vitaly Smirnov, vice president of USSR organizing committee , reported denying rumors that USSR threatened to boycott 1984 Los Angeles games; details given. [SMIRNOV - comments.] IOC's questioning of US officials about their decision to boycott games mentioned. [US committee pres. Robert KANE - says committee will change decision if international conditions change between now and May 20.]
REPORTER: Tom Fenton