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An Alternate History of the Olympics: 1984

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1984: Tehran/New Parsa

At the 1978 IOC Congress held in the main conference centre under the Parthenon of Athens (which had just been finally rebuilt thanks to the return of the Elgin Marbles from Berlin) the vote for the 1984 Summer Olympics was surprisingly simple. After the mass popularity of bid submission for the preceding vote (with 20 cities around the world looking to win what was finally award to St Petrograd) the IOC executive committee decided that a winnowing process needed to be implemented. It was decided that if an Olympic bid was to be accepted for final submission from any city it would then need to accept visits from every single member of the IOC at least once during its candidature. The end result was that several cities which may have submitted bids withdrew before the 1978 congress as they were concerned about the expense and ethical problems of such a situation. This in turn meant the 1978 decision was down to perennial second place candidate Mexico City (who had finally jettisoned the services of exiled and fugitive consultant Juan Antonio Samaranch and were now working closely with the Brazilian Joao Havelange) and Tehran.

Tehran was selected as the Persian candidate after the failure of Tabriz to win the 1980 Summer Olympics and there was much made of the continual involvement of Persia at the Olympics (in fact the very first female gold medallist at the Olympics in weightlifting at the 1904 Chicago Olympics had been from Tehran) in the bid documents. The leader of the Coptic Christian Republic of Persia, Reza Pahlavi personally delivered both the bid books and then the final presentation to the IOC and his unique mixture of charm, easy going nature and possibly the distribution of financial aid to poorer NOCs (funded by Persia's great uranium wealth) got Tehran over the line in the final vote, 47-21.

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Reza Pavli meeting the Mayor of Salzburg at the 1976 Winter Olympics

Between winning the bid and actually hosting the 1984 Summer Olympics massive political upheaval was wrought in Persia, due to the return of the exiled Zoroastrian leader Ruhollah Khomeini in late 1979. Reza was forced to leave the country after Persian students demonstrated against his plans to turn the ancient site of Persepolis into a European-style enclave of casinos, golf clubs and shopping malls. Inspired by a spirit of reviving Persia's pre-Coptic Christian past Ruhollah Khomeini came back from his 37 year exile in New York, and within a remarkable 3 week period took control of the entire nation. The changes including making Zoroastrianism the state religion, allowing the sale of alcohol to anyone who wanted it, and reopening links with Israel which had been closed due to Persians diplomats being held hostage in Jerusalem. The most important change however was renaming Tehran, which became New Parsa (reflecting Persepolis' ancient name)

As for the upcoming Olympics the Fundamentalism Zorastrian government kept the previous government's contract to deliver a the games, whilst inspired by the example set by St Petrograd tried to emulate the state propaganda value of a successful games. The main stadium, the Mazda Complex was finished in late 1983 whilst the massive Azadi Sports Complex was completed three months before the August 12th 1984 opening ceremony date.

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The Azadi Sports Complex at the 1984 June World Gymnastics Cup Test Event

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Mazda Olympic Stadium under construction 1982 (including regatta centre, and to right of picture weightlifting, wrestling, boxing and karate halls)

By the time of the New Parsa Opening Ceremony almost all of the National Olympic Committees had sent teams to the Persian capital. The strongest teams were as always the Menshevik Russians and the Americans, whilst Germany, Australia, Canada, France, Spain and East Timor could be expected to bring home multiple golds. In a surprising last minute withdrawal the team from neighbouring Mesopotamia was called home upon the death of their Liberal Democratic president Sam Hussein, whilst in a move that surprised even the IOC president Richard Pound neither Moaist Formosa nor Transylvania sent teams (both nation's governments they were unsure of the safety of their teams in a violently Zorostrian society).

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President Khomeini opening the 1984 New Parsa Olympics

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Final torch carrier and Persian tennis legend Andre Agassi about to light the New Parsa Olympic cauldron

The sixteen days of competition that followed were spectacular even though world records failed to fall in as many sports as hoped. American sprinter and long jumper Carlene Lewis failed to match the record of her idol Jesse Owens in winning four gold medals, instead finishing with 3 silvers and a bronze. There was controversy when Ningizimu Afrikan runner Caster Semenya intentionally tripped American Zola Budd-Slatter in the final kilometre of the women's marathon. Meanwhile in the Mazda Olympic pool German swimmer Michael Gross (known as 'Der Pelikan') surprised Australian multiple gold medallist John Sieben in the final of the 400 metres breastroke. Tom Dailey won his second consecutive decathlon gold medal for the UK whilst in gymnastics the American team lead by Mary Lou Retton narrowly failed to beat local Persian star Mahrooz Saei for the all round gold medal.

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Saei and her bronze from the beam and vault exercise event

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New Parsa 1984 Summer Olympic Games Poster

Other successes from the 1984 Olympics included Portugal winning the gold medal in soccer against France, whilst Brazilian marathon runner Carlos Lopes took gold for his country. Judith Moutawakel won the first gold medal for a female Israeli Jewish athlete in the 800 metres and Kiwi sculler Ian Ferguson took every single won of the rowing gold medals in the men's regatta on offer, giving New Zealand an unparalleled 8 gold medals.

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US gymnast Mary Lou Retton at the Closing Ceremony

Canadian IOC President Richard Pound brought the New Parsa 1984 Olympics to a close on a balmy Persian evening as over 8,000 athletes and 60,000 spectators watched and enjoyed the celebrations of another successful games. Congratulating the conscripted assistants who helped keep the games running smoothly Richard Pound made special reference to the friendliness of the Zorastrian people and government, before issuing his traditional speech calling upon "the youth as well as the elderly and the handicapped to assemble four years from now in Sydney Australia, to celebrate the games of the twenty-fourth Olympiad".

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You REALLY have no idea do you...

i read your article to get a idea of Olympics.so now show me the sources please.so i could confirm that this is what really happen. that's all.

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i read your article to get a idea of Olympics.so now show me the sources please.so i could confirm that this is what really happen. that's all.

Thanks for your answer...and there I was doubting your credulity.

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source?

Go to your regional library and see if they have a copy of the 'Complete Book of the Olympics' by Doug and Dinsdale Piranha (Vercotti Press London 1998)

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Go to your regional library and see if they have a copy of the 'Complete Book of the Olympics' by Doug and Dinsdale Piranha (Vercotti Press London 1998)

Doug and Dinsdale Piranha

''The Piranha Brothers were born in the slums of London in 1929, on probation, two weeks apart (with Dinsdale born again a week later). They were found too mentally unbalanced even for National Service, and became extortionists, running a protection racket after several false starts. Having acquired enough money, the Piranha Brothers formed a gang which they called "The Gang"'' -Wikipedia

Are these people your sources authors???

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Doug and Dinsdale Piranha

''The Piranha Brothers were born in the slums of London in 1929, on probation, two weeks apart (with Dinsdale born again a week later). They were found too mentally unbalanced even for National Service, and became extortionists, running a protection racket after several false starts. Having acquired enough money, the Piranha Brothers formed a gang which they called "The Gang"'' -Wikipedia

Are these people your sources authors???

No they're the London Piranhas...Doug and Dinsdale who wrote the book I sourced the above account from are the less well known Leppington NSW Pirahnas. If you actually read the preface of their book (the second edition, not the first) it attempts to clarify how the two Piranha twins are in fact not related.

If you can't find that book you could always try the David Wallechinsky & Kurt Waldheim 'Compendium of the Modern Olympic Movement' (Baden Baden Baden Press, West Germany 1988) or 'Ron Hackenthorpe's Amazing Books of Olympic Trivia' (no longer in print but I've a spoken word cassette narrated by Australian TV personality Don Lane which I could upload onto Bittorrent for you).

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