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Summer Olympics / USSR #89455

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 16, 1984
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(Studio) Vague stmts. from chairperson of USSR Olympic committee on that nation's possible participation in summer games reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Moscow, USSR ) Ambiguous remarks of Soviet sports committee chairperson Marat Gramov examined. [GRAMOV - (thru translator) denies boycotting games; differentiates between boycotting and not attending.] USSR criticism of alleged United States violations of Olympic charter outlined on screen, discussed. [Soviet sports committee deputy chairperson Anatoly KOLESOV - (thru translator) claims USSR teams are superior to United States teams.] [MAN - feels it's important that USSR and United States develop peace ties.]
REPORTER: Bob Sirkin

(DC) Reagan administration's reaction to USSR claims outlined. [State Department spokesperson John HUGHES - is bemused; denies any impediment to USSR participation.] Department's denial of visa for USSR Olympic official on grounds that he is KGB agent and United States embassy's mistaken suggestion in Moscow that visas were necessary for Soviet athletes noted; Moscow's concern over coalition of conservatives and E. bloc emigres preparing to aid in defections cited. Estonian House's anticipation of defectors mentioned as example United States boycott of 1980 Moscow games recalled.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) [US Olympic committee president William SIMON - is uncertain about USSR participation; explains his perception of furor; is not interested in interjecting pols. into Olympics; defs. security preparations.] USSR athletes defecting during games recalled never approaching United States officials for help; Montreal incident cited as example "Nightline" and upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
Sirkin, Bob

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