Frequent question: What was controversial about the men’s basketball final at the 1972 Summer Olympics?

Why did the US not accept the silver medal in 1972?

Afterwards, Jones said, “The Americans have to learn how to lose, even when they think they are right.” In the moments following the game, the Americans decided they would refuse to accept their silver medals because Jones had misused his authority.

Has anyone refused an Olympic medal?

The international governing body of each Olympic sport can also strip athletes of medals for infractions of the rules of the sport. From October 1968 to November 2020, a total of 149 medals have been stripped, with 9 medals declared vacant (rather than being reallocated) after being stripped.

What happened to the Goodwill Games?

The Goodwill Games were an international sports competition created by Ted Turner in reaction to the political troubles surrounding the Olympic Games of the 1980s. … They were cancelled by Time Warner, which had bought ownership of them in 1996, due to low television ratings after the 2001 games in Brisbane.

Has the US ever lost the gold medal in basketball?

The 1972 Olympic men’s basketball gold medal game, marking the first ever loss for the US in Olympic play, is arguably the most controversial in Olympic history.

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