80s 1980 Summer Olympics USA Levi's Tab Tag NWT t-shirt Small

$149.99 USD

Chest 16.5 in.

Length 28 in.

Content: 50% Dacron (acrylic) 50% Polyester

Tag Brand: Levi's

This awesome tee was made to commemorate the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow, Soviet Union. It features a graphic of a runner clearing a hurdle. This tee was manufactured by Levi's and includes the company's iconic white tab tag on the side.

The 1980 Moscow Olympics were the first Olympics to take place in an Eastern Bloc nation. Over 60 countries boycotted the games because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. The United States led the boycott, meaning Team USA never actually competed in the 1980 Summer Olympics even though shirts were made. President Jimmy Carter called for the boycott in the beginning of 1980 and other nations followed shortly. Boycotting nations included Canada, China, The Philippines, West Germany, and South Korea. Several of the boycotting countries participated in the Liberty Bell Classic, a track and field event held at Franklin Field in Philadelphia a few days before the opening ceremony in Moscow. Team USA has since released a statement on their website condemning the boycott, claiming that it went against the spirit of the Olympics and deprived thousands of athletes around the world from their one chance to represent their countries in the Games.

Without the competition of 60+ nations, the Soviet Union and East Germany won more than half of the available medals. Countries that did not boycott the games included Austria, Cuba, Hungary, and Brazil. Several western countries, including Great Britain and Australia, boycotted the games but had athletes participate under the Olympic flag. The Soviet Union and several other communist or socialist nations boycotted the following Summer Olympics in 1984, held in Los Angeles, California. The Soviets cited the "commercialization" of the Olympics as their reason for boycotting  but it is widely believed that the 1984 boycott was retaliation for the 1980 boycott.

Fits like a modern unisex adult small. Deadstock, new with tags. Levi's tab tag.