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1980 Olympic Games

The 1980 Olympic Games were most notable for the largest boycott of an Olympics in history.

Following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979, the United States and 61 other countries decided to boycott the Olympics (France, Italy, and Sweden did not join the boycott).

The British Government boycotted the games, however, the athletes went against the wishes of the then ‘Thatcher’ government and went in their own right without government blessing.

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