“The Summer Olympic Games of 1980, awarded to Moscow in 1974 by the International Olympic Committee, represented an unparalleled opportunity to showcase the superiority of Soviet athletes as well as the achievements of Soviet socialism before a world-wide audience (Lewis Siegelbaum)”
In preparation of this big sports event, new construction work was done through out the city of Moscow. The entire city was transformed. New training facilities, hotels and stadiums were built in order to arrange for the amount of people coming into the city. New trees were planted and roads were newly paved as well.
The 1980’s Summer Olympics Torch
-Eighty nations were represented on the Olympic games.
-These were the final Olympic Games under the IOC Presidency of Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin.
-There were 203 events – more than at any previous Olympics.
-There were 9,292 drug tests. None positive.