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Moscow Olympics / Afghanistan #508932

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 20, 1980
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(Studio) Today noted President Carter's deadline for USSR troop withdrawal from Afghanistan; lack of withdrawal and US's formal commitment to boycott of Moscow Olympics reported
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Khyber Pass, Afghanistan) Current situation in Afghanistan examined; films shown. Khyber Pass featured. Incring. desertions from Afghan army said exemplified by case of one major; details given. Leader of Afghan rebels, Pierre Said Galani, mentioned, shown.
REPORTER: David Phillips

(Studio) Secretary of State Cyrus Vance's attempts to get West Germany's support for Moscow Olympics boycott noted coming during his current mtgs. with Chancellor Helmut Schmidt; aid to Pakistan and Turkey mentioned. Films shown. Damage to USSR prestige by Olympic boycott cited.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Moscow, USSR ) Attitude in Moscow towards boycott and Afghanistan examined; individuals named, their positions quoted. Soviet television coverage of Afghanistan noted.
REPORTER: Jim Bittermann

(Colorado Springs, Colorado) Reaction among United States athletes towards boycott featured; films shown. Bob Giordiano's letter to President Carter and Stuart Eizenstat's reply detailed; letter from Eizenstat shown in part. [GIORDIANO - comments.] [John PLATT, Dee MILLER - comment.] Preparation for games by various teams cited.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

(Studio) Report introduced.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(NYC) Fin. losses by United States cost from boycott examined; impact on Russian Travel Bureau noted. [Agent E. Wallace LAWRENCE - comments.] Anticipated NBC loss outlined; affect on souvenir industry in United States said exemplified by Airways Ind.; details given.
REPORTER: Mike Jensen

Bittermann, Jim;
Briggs, Fred;
Chancellor, John;
Jensen, Mike;
Phillips, David

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