However, the response to the 'friendly assistance of the DRA' was very resonant. Having survived the New Year holidays, the then US President Jimmy Carter already on January 4, 1980, raised a worldwide hype with a proposal to move the Olympic Games from Moscow to Greece. Otherwise, he promised to resort to a political protest-to defiantly ignore the Moscow Olympics. As a result, not a single athlete from the United States took part in the Olympics. Than deprived the Soviet Union of serious competition.
Other countries of the world joined the protest action. Including Germany. Moreover, Bonn decided not to let its athletes in the 'evil empire' just a couple of months before the start of the Olympics. Therefore, the German national team, which had been preparing for several years, was in a rather stupid position.
However, not only athletes suffered. As usual, in order to promote sports, the German postal service has prepared and printed a 30-thousandth edition of thematic stamps. And then, when all of them had already been sent to the post offices, the news came that West Germany had joined the boycott of the Olympic Games.
Being held hostage by the situation, all the post offices of the country were forced to send the stamps back to the Deutsche Bundespost. There, the entire print run was destroyed, traditionally preserving two 50-stamp sheets for archives.