• Short Summary

    THE EUROPEAN GAMES OPEN IN ATHENS TODAY (TUESDAY) IN A CLIMATE OF POLITICAL CONTROVERSY.

    WORKMEN PUT?

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    THE EUROPEAN GAMES OPEN IN ATHENS TODAY (TUESDAY) IN A CLIMATE OF POLITICAL CONTROVERSY.

    WORKMEN PUT THE FINISHING TOUCHES TO THE NATIONAL STADIUM WHILE EAST AND WEST GERMAN OFFICIALS ARGUED OVER THE ELIGIBILITY OF A FORMER EAST GERMAN ATHLETE. OPPONENTS OF THE GREEK GOVERNMENT THREATENED ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST ATHLETES, AND POLICE STRENGTHENED THE GUARD ON ATHLETES' HOTELS AND TRAINING CENTRES.

    ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY ATHLETES FROM 30 COUNTRIES ARE COMPETING FOR 36 GOLD MEDAL IN THIS YEAR'S EUROPEAN GAMES WHICH WERE LAST HELD IN BUDAPEST IN 1966.

    WEST GERMAN ATHLETES MET THIS MORNING (TUESDAY) AND DECIDED TO WITHDRAW FROM THE GAMES FOLLOWING THE DECISION OF THE INTERNATIONAL ATHLETIC FEDERATION'S JURY OF APPEAL TO BAR JURGEN MAY, THE FORMER EAST GERMAN WHO DEFECTED TO WEST GERMANY IN 1967.

    THE CONTROVERSY AROSE WHEN THE EAST GERMANS LODGED A PROTEST AGAINST MAY'S INCLUSION IN THE WEST GERMAN TEAM ON THE GROUNDS THAT HE HAD NOT COMPLETED THE NECESSARY THREE YEARS RESIDENTIAL QUALIFICATION PERIOD IN WEST GERMANY.

    MAY, A 27-YEAR-OLD SPORTS' TEACHER, IS A MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNER.

    EARLIER, ANOTHER POLITICAL STORM WAS AVERTED WHEN THE SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRIES WITHDREW A THREAT TO BOYCOTT THE OPENING CEREMONY IN PROTEST AGAINST THE GREEK GOVERNMENT.

    THREE GOLD MEDALS ARE AT STAKE ON THE OPENING DAY OF THE EVENTS AND EAST GERMANY, TOP OF THE MEDALS TABLE IN BUDAPEST, HAVE HIGH HOPES OF WINNING THE EVENTS IN THE WOMEN'S SHOT PUTT, THE 20 KILOMETRE WALK, AND THE 10,000 METRES.

    THE 10,000 METRES IS EXPECTED TO BE THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE FIRST DAY WHEN DEFENDING CHAMPION JURGEN HAASE CLASHES WITH BRITAIN'S DICK TAYLOR, THE FASTEST EUROPEAN AT THE DISTANCE THIS YEAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1EKL970SUW9TZEH7K77M9XF8J
    Media URN:
    VLVA1EKL970SUW9TZEH7K77M9XF8J
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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