MOSCOW - Russia
When Moscow was awarded the games in 1980, it was the first time the Olympics had been given to a city in a communist country.But when the vote was taken, the Soviet forces had not yet invaded Afghanistan. That move brought with it the threat of a boycott by Western countries. True to their word, the Americans stayed at home. Sixty other nations followed suit and the Moscow games will always be remembered as the one from which the most countries stayed away. Only 80 countries competed.Once again, the host city spent much more money than the games brought in. The Russians invested colossal sums in organizing the games, even moving entire buildings just to widen the streets. And that was not the only thing new on the streets of Moscow - for the very first time, the Russians allowed in foreign multinationals as sponsors, whose logos were arrayed along the avenues... But even that was not enough.These games saw the introduction of women's field hockey to the Olympic programme. They also celebrated the return of the Africans, some of whom were extremely successful in the stadium, while Nadia Comaneci still dominated women's gymnastics and her Russian counterpart Ditzhatin did the same in the men's discipline.