In 1980, the first, and as it turned out later, the only time the Summer Olympics were held in the Soviet Union.It was a time when the "cold war" between the countries of the socialist and capitalist camps reached its maximum intensity, which could not but reflect on the Olympics.The first holding sporting events of this magnitude in the Soviet Union could become a powerful propaganda salvo in this war, so opponents have taken preventive measures to organize a boycott of the Moscow Olympics.At the official level, this idea first began to be discussed in the British Parliament, and soon followed the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was named the main reason.O
fficially, the boycott of the XXII Summer Olympics participated 64 states, although most of them athletes took to the start in Moscow.All this was the reason that in four years has led to the non-participation of the USSR team in the next Summer Olympics, held in Los Angeles, US.

The fact that the athletes of the Soviet Union will not be at the Games XXIII Summer Olympics, it was officially announced three months in advance.As an immediate causes were called failure of the US government to provide written security guarantees to the athletes from socialist countries.In addition, Americans are not allowed to ship "Georgia", which was to become the mother ship of the Soviet delegation.Then, the United States demanded the embassy to provide a list of all the athletes, although the rules of the Olympic visas for them was not provided, and denied "Aeroflot" in the charter flights for the carriage of Olympians.

for a boycott joined the socialist countries, excluding China and Yugoslavia.In addition to them on their own Olympic Games in Los Angeles boycotted Iran and Libya.As an alternative to summer games 1984 in the six countries of the socialist competitions were held under the title "Friendship-84", which was attended by athletes of 50 countries.