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Malta competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.
Politics continue to weaken the Olympics. These were the first Games under the Presidency of Lord Killanin. The expenses for these Games were three times those budgeted. China asked Canada not to allow Taiwan to compete. Canada accepted but this was not enough. 18 African countries and another 5 Arab countries, led by Tunisia, withdrew from the Games.
Lasse Viren can be considered as the best athlete of these Games, and he repeated his Munich successes, and won again the 5000metres and 10000 metres.