The Friendship Games or Druzhba Games or Druzhba-84 Competition was an international multisport event that was held in 1984 in nine different countries under the motto: "Sport, Friendship, Peace". Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar)
An alternative to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, it was organized by the Soviet Union and other Eastern bloc countries (constitutionally socialist states) which had boycotted that event. The 1984 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIII Olympiad, were an International Multi-sport event held in Los Angeles, Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West During the Cold War, the term Communist Bloc (or Soviet Bloc) was used to refer to the Soviet Union and countries it either controlled or that were The term socialist state (or socialist republic, or workers' state) can carry one of several different (but related meanings In strictly speaking any Some 2,300 athletes from almost 50 countries took part in the competition.  The opening ceremony was held at the Grand Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium, as at the 1980 Summer Olympics, during which the flame in the cauldron was lit. The Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex ( Большая спортивная арена Олимпийского комплекса Лужники) in The 1980 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, were an International Multi-sport event held in Moscow in the Soviet
The Games were held in nine countries:
The competition was held in July-September. 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Ashford did beat Gohr in their next face-to-face competition and set a new world record. 48 World Records were set at Druzhba-84, as compared to 11 ones set in Los Angeles. 22 of them were set by athletes from the USSR. One of the new world records in Druzhba-84, was set by the East German discus thrower Irina Meszynski with 73. Irina Meszynski (born March 24 1962 in Berlin) is a retired East German Discus thrower. 36 
The artistic gymnastics competition was held in Czechoslovakia and is usually called 'ČSSR Spartakiade' or simply 'Olomouc' after the host city. In Artistic gymnastics, Alternate Olympics refers to two separate competitions held in 1980 and 1984. In the women's all-around Olga Mostepanova became the first and only gymnast in history to earn 10. Olga Vasilyevna Mostepanova (Ольга Васильевна Мостепанова (born January 3, Moscow, Russia) is a retired prominent Soviet gymnast 0 scores on all four events in a major international competition, finishing the session with a perfect mark of 40. 0. Men's events saw the introduction of the long-swing with full pirouette on parallel bars, or Long-swing Diamidov.
The Soviet Union proposed that CNN televise the Friendship Games, an offer rejected by Ted Turner. Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III (born November 19, 1938) is an American Media proprietor and philanthropist. Turner said that the network would simply give spot coverage to the Friendship Games, "as we would any other sporting event. "