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The Summer Olympics Over the Past Four Decades

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61 Nations refused to compete in these games as a protest against Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan.

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15 communist block countries refused to compete in these games in retaliation for the boycott of the Moscow Olympics 4 years earlier. Romania was the only communist block country to take part and came 2nd in the medals table.

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11 medalists disqualified for using banned substances. The cost of the games was met by the sale of TV broadcasting rights.

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Former Soviet Union members competed as a Unified Team and Germany competed as one nation following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Television rights were sold for a record sum and Coca-Cola was a major sponsor of these games.

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Steve Redgrave won a fifth consecutive gold medal in rowing.

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The games returned to Athens. The cost involved in staging the Olympics, especially with regard to increased security provision following the 9/11 terror attacks led to delays and venues were completed only just in time.

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43 world records and 132 Olympic records were broken during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Michael Phelps won 8 gold medals in swimming the most ever at a single Olympics

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The games return to London for the third time

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Controversy! An economic crisis. The Zika virus. A heavily polluted Guanabara Bay. And a Russian doping scandal.

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The Tokyo 2020 Games will bring positive reform to the world by building on three core concepts:

- “Striving for your personal best (Achieving Personal Best)“
- “Accepting one another (Unity in Diversity)“
- “Passing on Legacy for the future (Connecting to Tomorrow)“

Director of Design at Studio@Gizmodo. Taco lover. Sports fanatic.

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