1980
Moscow/Arnhem
Soviet Union and Netherlands

The 22nd modern Summer Games were held in Moscow, Soviet Union and Arnhem, Netherlands. There was a boycott, led by the United States, in protest at Soviet invasion of Afghanistan the year before.

The Paralympics was hosted at the Papendal National Sports Centre in Arnhem, having originally been due to take place in Russia; 42 countries took part with a total of 1,973 athletes.

The National Archives’ collections range from government policy on the Games relating to Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, to coverage of the Games, Cabinet conclusions, official and ministerial Olympic groups and participation.

27 records available

  • Policies and preparation of team.
    AT 60/148
    Policies and preparation of team. AT 60/148 Preview
  • Liaison with sporting governing bodies.
    AT 60/52
    Liaison with sporting governing bodies. AT 60/52Preview
  • Government policy on 1980 Games following Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
    AT 60/185, AT 60/187, AT 60/188, AT 60/191
    Government policy on 1980 Games following Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. AT 60/185, AT 60/187, AT 60/188, AT 60/191 Preview
  • Government policy on 1980 Games following Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
    AT 60/193–AT 60/200
    Government policy on 1980 Games following Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. AT 60/193–AT 60/200Preview
  • The Moscow Olympics, 1980.
    FO 973/84 and FO 973/98
    The Moscow Olympics, 1980. FO 973/84 and FO 973/98Preview
  • Cabinet conclusions.
    CAB 128/67/6, CAB 128/67/9, CAB 128/67/10, CAB 128/67/12, CAB 128/67/14
    Cabinet conclusions. CAB 128/67/6, CAB 128/67/9, CAB 128/67/10, CAB 128/67/12, CAB 128/67/14Preview
  • Cabinet conclusions.
    CAB 128/67/16, CAB 128/67/17, CAB 128/67/19, CAB 128/67/23, CAB 128/68/1
    Cabinet conclusions. CAB 128/67/16, CAB 128/67/17, CAB 128/67/19, CAB 128/67/23, CAB 128/68/1Preview
  • Official group on the Olympic Games: meetings 1-2, papers 1-3.
    CAB 130/1143
    Official group on the Olympic Games: meetings 1-2, papers 1-3. CAB 130/1143Preview

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