Furore in Moscow

by
March 2008, no. 299

Boycott: The story behind Australia’s controversial involvement in the 1980 Moscow Olympics by Lisa Forrest

ABC Books, $35 pb, 272 pp

Furore in Moscow

by
March 2008, no. 299

Almost thirty years on, in a post-Samaranch age, when the wealthy Olympic movement mimics the United Nations in world affairs, the 1980 Moscow Games resemble prehistory, especially for Australian athletes, officials and spectators still revering 2000 Sydney successes. Yet as Lisa Forrest recounts, the Moscow boycott shredded the traditional views of Australian sports people, ensured national sport would become more politicised, and produced shameful behaviour all round.

Brian Stoddart reviews 'Boycott: The story behind Australia’s controversial involvement in the 1980 Moscow Olympics' by Lisa Forrest

Boycott: The story behind Australia’s controversial involvement in the 1980 Moscow Olympics

by Lisa Forrest

ABC Books, $35 pb, 272 pp

Leave a comment

If you are an ABR subscriber, you will need to sign in to post a comment.

If you have forgotten your sign in details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to ABR Comments. We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.