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Summer Olympics / USSR Boycott #90259

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 09, 1984
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(Studio) Bulgaria reported joining USSR in boycotting summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) President Reagan reported writing USSR President Konstantin Chernenko, assuring him of United States adherence to all Olympic regulations, in letter scheduled for delivery by Los Angeles Olympic committee president Peter Ueberroth; Ueberroth said not yet recing. Soviet visa. Letter, meeting USSR demands for participating in games, quoted on screen. [REAGAN - thinks Soviet boycott is unfair to athletes.] State Department account of measures taken to insure Soviet participation outlined on screen, discussed. [Department spokesperson John HUGHES - feels United States has done everything possible.] Indications of finality of USSR boycott decision cited.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Continuing question of USSR allied participation in games noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Paris, France) Similarity between United States response to USSR boycott and that of Sovs. to Jimmy Carter's boycott of 1980 Moscow games described; confusing signals from various USSR sources regarding possible reversal of decision discussed. Romania and Yugoslavia mentioned only E. bloc ntns. committed to participating in games, despite USSR boycott; issue of participation by Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Poland considered. Probability of broader communist country boycott explained.
REPORTER: Pierre Salinger

(Warsaw, Poland) Reaction here to Soviet boycott examined; implications of Polish Olympic committee chairperson Marion Rehnke's flight to Moscow today cited. Polish TV's coverage of issue shown, discussed. [Athlete Janusz PECIAK - recalls numerous competitions in United States without any security problems.]
REPORTER: David Ensor

(Studio) Jesse Jackson said meeting tomorrow with USSR ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin to discuss boycott. Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Reporter(s):
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Ensor, David;
Jennings, Peter;
Salinger, Pierre
Duration:
00:05:30

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