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(Studio) 141 ntns., despite Soviet boycott, said participating in summer Olympics. Pols. and Olympics considered.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Los Angeles, California) 1936 games in Berlin recalled. Photos of Hitler shown. Black athletes, especially Jesse Owens, said contradicting Hitler's idea of Aryan superiority. History of political involvement in Olympics since 1948 given. Black power salutes at Mexico City games in 1968 recalled, shown. Munich tragedy in 1972 noted; scenes shown. 65 ntns. recalled shunning Moscow games in 1980, over Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Grecian games recalled. Olympics exhibit at British Museum in London shown. [British Museum Judith SWADDLING - says original games essentially contest for individuals. Cities other instances when pols. got entangled with ancient games.] [International Olympics Committee Juan SAMARANCH - says success of games now largely depends on relations between United States and USSR .] Natural disasters and pols. of Christian emperors of Rome blamed for demise of original Olympics. Modern games said 88 years old, compared to ancient games that lasted 1000 years.
REPORTER: Ray Gandolf
- Gandolf, Ray;
- Jennings, Peter
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