ERIC Number: ED243862
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The United States and Great Britain: Responses to the 1980 Boycott of the Olympic Games.
Frey, James H.
There have been several ways in which sport has been used as a mechanism of public diplomacy. First, the sporting arena provides a setting in which a country can define its aspirations for status or prestige among nations. Second, the nature of competition between countries reflects current diplomatic agreements. Third, the most familiar role of sport in the international scene is that of a political instrument for ideological expression or propagandizing. Fourth, international sport is viewed as a way to further international understanding and peace. Fifth, contrary to the above, athletic competition can be a mechanism to demonstrate protest and/or conflict. The 1980 Olympic Boycott was used to dramatize dissatisfaction with a Soviet strategy in Afghanistan. This paper provides a detailed and documented interpretation of the British and United States reactions to the 1980 Olympic Boycott initiated by President Carter. (JMK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Boycotts; Great Britain; Olympic Games; Olympic Games Boycott (1980); United States
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Anaheim, CA, March 29-April 2, 1984).