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Summer Olympics / Boycotts #536988

NBC Evening News for Friday, May 11, 1984
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(Studio) Vietnam and Mongolia reported joining USSR -led boycott of summer Olympics in Los Angeles; Soviet dismissal as propaganda of President Reagan's letter of assurance that security for USSR competitors will be sufficient noted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Moscow, USSR ) Focus of media campaign here defense boycott and attacking Reagan described; Tass quoted on screen. Reaction of athletes quoted. [ATHLETE - hopes decision will be changed.] [International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio SAMARANCH - will continue seeking USSR change of heart.]
REPORTER: Steve Mallory

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Los Angeles, California) Athletes' reaction to pols.' use of Olympics as propaganda forum examined. [Willie BANKS - thinks situation is ridiculous.] Role of pols. in 1936 Berlin Olympics with Jesse Owens disproving Adolf Hitler's theories, 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli competitors by Palestinian terrorists, 1976 Montreal boycott by black Africans, United States boycott of 1980 Moscow games recalled. [January 20, 1980, Jimmy CARTER - proposes permanent Olympic sites in Greece and elsewhere.] [Senator Bill BRADLEY - agrees.] [IOC SPOKESPERSON - explains rejection of permanent site proposal.]
REPORTER: George Lewis

Brokaw, Tom;
Lewis, George;
Mallory, Steve

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