Some of these countries competed at the Olympic Boycott Games in Philadelphia. The United Kingdom and France sent a much smaller delegation of athletes than usual.
Notably, the United Kingdom, France, and Greece supported the boycott but allowed their athletes to participate if they wished (the U. Nevertheless, the delegation of the United Kingdom was the largest among Western Europe, with 170 athletes applying to compete. Spain, Italy, Sweden, Iceland and Finland were other principal nations representing western Europe, though Italian athletes belonging to military corps did not attend the Games, due to the government's support of the boycott, which severely affected many events. During 1976-1980 in Moscow were biult more then 70 different structures for Olympic Games ( sport complexs, hotels, olympic village and other..).
In addition, the yachting events were held in Tallinn, and some of the preliminary matches and the quarter-finals of the football (soccer) tournament were held in Leningrad, Kiev, and Minsk.
The 1980 Games were the first to be staged in Eastern Europe.
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