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Summer Olympics / Boycotts #89867

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 11, 1984
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(Studio) Vietnam and Mongolia reported joining USSR -led boycott of summer Olympics.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Lausanne, Switzerland) International Olympic Committee chairperson Juan Antonio Samaranch reported pressing for meeting with USSR President Konstantin Chernenko to assure him of President Reagan's intention to provide adequate security for Soviet competitors. [SAMARANCH - reads letter from Reagan; portion of document shown on screen; comments on Soviet concerns.]
REPORTER: Jim Hickey

(Los Angeles, California) Activities of Ban the Soviets Coalition to keep USSR out of games examined; films shown. [Org. executive director David BALSIGER - considers USSR allegations that group is terrorist organization propaganda.] Los Angeles Olympic committee president Peter Ueberroth's assessment of Ban the Sovs. quoted. [UEBERROTH - believes boycott is retaliation for United States efforts in 1980 to ruin Moscow Olympics.]
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

Hickey, Jim;
Jennings, Peter;
Shepard, Gary

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