The Political Olympics: Moscow, Afghanistan, and the 1980 U.S. Boycott


In an international arena where the utility of military force may be declining, statesmen are inclined to search for alternative means of pursuing national policy. The manipulation of international sport is one such means. This book examines the 1980 U. S. boycott of the Olympic Games in order to assess the desirability and effectiveness of using international sport as a political instrument. Hulme reveals the pitfalls as well as the opportunities of such diplomacy by using the 1980 Olympic boycott as a framework. Concluding that the boycott was both a success and failure, Hulme challenges generally accepted views of employing sport as a political instrument.

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