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Friendship Games 84

The Friendship Games 84 was an international multi-sport event in the Soviet Union and other socialist states as an alternative to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Another Friendship Games is being organized in Russia in 2024.

The event was held between 2 July and 16 September 1984 in the Soviet Union, along with eight other socialist states which had boycotted the 1984 LA Olympics.

Athletes from about 50 nations took part in the competition. While the Olympic boycotting countries were represented by their strongest athletes, other nations sent mostly athletes who failed to qualify for the games in LA. There were some athletes who participated in both events.

Events were hosted by nine countries: Bulgaria, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, North Korea, Mongolia, Poland, and the Soviet Union. Although the events spanned before and after the LA Olympics, all except the equestrian jumping event were held outside of the Olympic Games period.

Sporting competitions were held in 22 of the Olympic disciplines at the time (all except football and synchronized swimming), and also the non-Olympic sports of table tennis, tennis, and sambo wrestling.


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