Politics and the Olympics (Mexico City 1968 Games (Key Events (South…
Politics and the Olympics
There was a war between israel and palestine. Israel took over palestine as a place for the Jews to live. Palestinians weren't happy with Israel for taking over their land and so a war broke out
8 palestine terrorists entered the olympic village and seized 11 members of the israeli team
Terrorist made a request to release 234 palestinians that were imprisoned
German authorities tried to help and rescue the hostages but failed
The israeli members were killed and 5 terrorists
Palestinian terrorists known as Black September
People all over the world were able to see it as millions watch olympics
The games were delayed by a day. People all over the world were able to see it as millions watch olympics. There was a memorial service for the victims and the olympic flags were shown at half-mast
There was a memorial service for the victims and the olympic flags were shown at hallf-mast
Hitler and the Nazi party were in power
Hitler wanted the games to be a showcase for the Nazi party and was keen that the German Olympic team would win medals across the board to show their supremacy.
1984 - Los Angeles
The 1984 Olympics games was held in Los Angeles, USA for a second time in the events history.
There was a boycott of the olympics from fourteen of the baltic states. This included Russia. This boycott was because in the previous olympics which was held in moscow in 1980, America
The impact of the Baltic states boycotting these olympics meant that as a result the tensions between America and Russia in the cold war.
Mexico City 1968 Games
South Africa's invitation to the games was withdrawn, because of other countries threatening to boycott the games, because of South Africa's apartheid regime.
African Americans protested to the world when two black athletes used a medal ceremony for the 200 metres to protest about the lack of civil rights in the USA. At the time, black Americans lacked equality and opportunity, were forced to be segregated in many aspects of society and many lived in extreme poverty.
Apartheid: A range of policies of racial segregation under a system of legislation. Apartheid existed in South Africa from 1948 to 1994. Under apartheid, non-white South Africans (the vast majority of the population) were forced to live in separate areas from whites and use separate public facilities, and contact between the two groups was limited by law.
Both John Carlos and Tommie Smith, were banned from ever competing at olympic level again. The 1968 olympics were said to have killed their carers. However following this, changes and amendments were brought about to make is it more fair on non white citizens.
During the run up to the Games, all African American athletes were urged to boycott the Games. The gesture Smith and Carlos used was called the 'Black Power' salute and this protest was watched by millions of people from around the world.
The cold war was near to its end,meaning there was a lot of tensions between America and Russia. The soviets were invading Afghanistan which the Americans did not like
American decides to boycott the Olympics as people had followed the Vice presidents decision. This had caused more tensions between the two superpowers at the time which had lead to the boycott of Russia in Los Angeles
1979 Soviet Union had invaded Afghanistan just before the Olympics which the Americans were mad at so they had boycotted. The boycott by America lead to 65 Nations boycotting the 1980 Moscow Olympic