July 2, 1982
For two days, the newly built IU Track and Field Stadium hosted more than two hundred athletes from the United States, the Soviet Union, and several countries in Africa (competing as an African all-star team) who competed in the Lite Games. The event was one of several meets between the US and Soviet track teams after the US had boycotted the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. During this time diplomatic relations between the two superpowers were tense.
The governing body of US track and field, then headquartered in Indianapolis, selected the recently completed stadium on the IUPUI campus to host the meet. The event commenced with the dedication of the stadium and opening ceremonies in the evening of July 2. The festivities marked the 18th meeting between the US and Soviet track-and-field teams.
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