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"Maybe we should give up?" Why the Olympics-80 was in jeopardy

Forty years ago the Soviet Union for the first time in the history of the Olympics. On the organization of the competition has thrown all forces and means. Never before in Eastern Europe do not hold competitions of such scale. But politics intervened. The US and Europe announced a boycott, and many of the Western teams came to Moscow. Like preparing for the Olympics-80 and than she remembered the world — in the material RIA Novosti.

The opening ceremony was supposed to start at 16:00. But by noon, Luzhniki was filled to capacity — the audience had already taken their seats on the bleachers. Was Waiting For Leonid Brezhnev. The Secretary General was late, the organizers were nervous. Finally from the speakers was heard the festive Overture of Dmitri Shostakovich.