Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Speakes on Soviet Withdrawal From the 1984 Summer Olympic Games

May 8, 1984

The decision by the Soviet Union means that they have disregarded the feelings of most nations and millions of people the world over that the Olympics will be conducted in a nonpolitical atmosphere. It is a decision that will disappoint many.

The allegations contained in the statement by TASS are totally unjustified. The U.S. Government and the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee have done everything possible to facilitate the participation of all nations in the 1984 Olympic Games. We have made exhaustive efforts to meet Soviet concerns about arrangements in Los Angeles, and we have met those concerns.

Note: Larry M. Speakes read the statement to reporters assembled in the Briefing Room at the White House during his daily press briefing, which began at 12:30 p.m.