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Summer Olympics / USSR Boycott #537436

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 09, 1984
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(Studio) Bulgaria reported joining USSR in boycotting summer Olympics in Los Angeles; East Germany and Cuba said not yet announcing decision.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Moscow, USSR ) Basis of USSR boycott outlined on screen, discussed; celebrations here today of VE Day described. [MAN - claims Soviet athletes can't participate under such conditions.] Reactions to boycott of USSR competitors outlined.
REPORTER: Steve Mallory

(Studio) Reagan administration's blame of USSR for boycott explained; President Reagan's comment mentioned. [REAGAN - is disappointed; feels boycott is unfair to athletes; recalls original purpose of Greece's Olympic games.] State Department position on Soviet call for concessions cited.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Los Angeles, California) Possible economy impact here of boycott considered. [Mayor Thomas BRADLEY - will go to Moscow if that helps.] [Ticket agent Larry GOLD - explains positive impact of boycott on consumer.] Praise of California and opposition to boycott of Czech athletes such as Zidnyek Adamek quoted.
REPORTER: George Lewis

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(NYC) Diminished athletic competition with absence of USSR competitors examined; several leading Soviet contenders named, shown. [US coach Larry ELLIS - notes blow in performance quality with absence of E. bloc ntns.] 1980 US boycott of Moscow games and medal outcome reviewed; details listed on screen. 1976 Montreal games recalled; number medals won per country listed. [Coach Sam ADAMS - notes USSR women's track team is superior.] United States runner Mary Decker's recent defeat of Soviet runner Zamira Zaitseva in Helsinki recalled, shown.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

Brokaw, Tom;
Jamieson, Bob;
Lewis, George;
Mallory, Steve

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