More than 9,000 athletes from 160 states came to Seoul to play 237 sets of medals. Although the scandal of the early 80s, the accompanying Olympiads in Los Angeles and Moscow, was left behind, echoes of the period also affected the Games in South Korea. They were decided to boycott by North Korea. Pyongyang refused to send its athletes to Seoul as the IOC rejected Kim Il Sung’s offer to move part of the competition to DPRK territory in order to demonstrate the unity of the Korean peninsula. If the Soviet authorities decided no longer to deprive their athletes of the main quadrennities competition, the leadership of Cuba, Nicaragua, Ethiopia and some other States supported the boycott of Pyongyang, $ putting political ambitions at the forefront.
The situation was exacerbated by the fact that about three dozen countries had no diplomatic ties with Seoul at all. Despite this, the IOC did not change anything, and the XXIV Summer Olympics took place in Seoul. The
mascot of the competition was the hero of Korean stories – the Amur tiger. To level the negative sides of this predator, it was portrayed as a rather sympathetic tiger and named Hodori. Translated from Korean, this name means Tiger Boy. The main attribute of the mascot was a small national cap worn over one ear. At
the opening ceremony, 76-year-old Korean marathoner Song Ki-Chang carried a torch with fire onto the Olympic stadium. The flag of the Soviet team was carried by wrestler Alexander Karelin. In Seoul, he was able to win his first Olympic gold medal.
The program of the Summer Games in South Korea was once again expanded. In it appeared big and table tennis, cycling sprint and running in the 10,000 meters for women, as well as 11 more disciplines.
Not done at the Seoul Games and without a doping scandal. An unpleasant incident was the incrimination of Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson of taking banned drugs. He managed to brilliantly outplay competitors in the race on the hundred-meter. But after doping controls, the Canadian had to return the medal. Deprived of gold awards for the same reason were also Bulgarian barbell players Angel Genchev and Mitko Grablev, as well as barbell player from Hungary Kalman Chengeri. The
triumph of the Seoul Olympics was the national team of the Soviet Union, which won in the all-team medal competition. The previous Games, held in Los Angeles, Soviet athletes were forced to miss out on the grounds of a political boycott. The break went to the athletes only to the benefit. They have proven themselves to be fashion legislators in world sport as before. Soviet players were able to win gold after a 32-year-old, and basketball players after a 16-year hiatus. In total, the USSR national team took home 55 gold, 31 silver and 46 bronze awards.
The closest rival of the Soviet team was the GDR team. She has 37 gold, 35 silver and 30 bronze medals. The top three was circuited by the American team. The sensation of Seoul was the performance of the hosts of the Games. The Korean team was able to win 12 medals of the highest test, which allowed it to take the fourth place in the all-team competition.