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A beautiful official Olympic poster which was made to promote the upcoming 1980 Olympics to be held in Moscow, in the former Soviet Union.
On the poster is a huge rocket-shaped tower broadcast tower which I believe to be The Ostankino Tower in Moscow.
The tower is 540.1 metres (1,772 ft) tall and is currently the tallest free-standing structure in Europe and was completed in 1967 to mark the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution. A rough translation of the text is: "2.000.000.000 people is watching and hearing" and further below "Play (and) exercise. No hasard". The text confirms that the tower could be The Ostankino Tower which also make sense with all the little black/white televisions on the edges.
The Olympic Games of 1980 did not have as many participating countries as hoped for. The Games was massively boycotted because of the Soviet war in Afghanistan which led to an absence of 65 countries. This prompted the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles. Boycotting Olympic Games was nothing special in that period. Eight years before the Games in Moscow - 28 nations boycotted the 1974 Olympics in Montreal in protest of the apartheid system in South Africa that participated in these games.
Overall this poster makes one think of the many historical events that surrounded the 1980 Olympic Games. Furthermore poster is a true beauty which displays fine Soviet artwork and is a great addition to anyone interested in the Olympics or sports.
Please note: the poster was made in 1979 but was first used in 1980.
Thanks for watching and please let me know if you have any questions.
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