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Summer Olympics / USSR Boycott / US-USSR Relations #90244

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 08, 1984
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(Studio) USSR boycott of summer Olympics here announced; President Carter's 1980 boycott of Moscow games recalled. Differing perceptions of situation by youths in United States and Moscow mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Moscow, USSR ) USSR explanation for decision examined. [Voice of Soviet ANNOUNCER - criticizes Reagan administration's attitude toward games; remark transcribed on screen.] United States dipls. here said caught off guard by Soviet decision; possible Kremlin motives behind boycott outlined on screen, discussed. For. policy implications of decision considered.
REPORTER: Bob Zelnick

(Studio) Implications of boycott for overall US-USSR relations noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Reagan administration's reaction to Soviet allegations used as basis for boycott examined. [State Department spokesperson John HUGHES - considers move blatant pols.; claims United States boycott of 1980 was different due to Afghanistan.] United States denial of visa for Soviet Olympic official due to his role as KGB agent and issue of Soviet dissident groups organization to recruit defectors during games mentioned; legitimacy of USSR concerns cited. [Representative Thomas O'NEILL - thinks USSR fears defections.] [Senator Alan CRANSTON - blames both USSR and Reagan administration for mishandling Soviet-American relations] USSR embassy official said hinting that with certain guarantees situation may change. [Los Angeles Olympic Committee president Peter UEBERROTH - notes deadline for announcing participation in games isn't until June.]
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Concern that other communist bloc ntns. will follow suit noted; possible implications for Cuba and East Germany due to their athletic status considered. [US Olympic Committee president William SIMON - discusses probable finality of USSR decision; hopes for diplomacy breakthrough by International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch; cites lack of substance to USSR 's alleged fear for safety of athletes, political basis of decision; discusses United States and USSR using Olympics for pols.] Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
Zelnick, Bob

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