The 1976 Olympic Games open in Montreal, Canada on 17 July, and sporting enthusiasts from all over the world queued up overnight to buy tickets on Saturday (3 July) for the opening and closing ceremonies.
The 1976 Olympic Games open in Montreal, Canada on 17 July, and sporting enthusiasts from all over the world queued up overnight to buy tickets on Saturday (3 July) for the opening and closing ceremonies. Tickets for all the swimming events, all the athletics events and many other competitions are sold out, but there's still a brisk trade in tickets for other contests.
And while workmen are still putting the finishing touches to some of the stadiums, there's been a rehearsal for the traditional ceremony of lighting the Olympic flame, which marks the beginning of the Games.
SYNOPSIS: The news that more than 11,000 tickets for both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics were still unsold brought thousands of people into the streets of Montreal on Friday night and Saturday morning (2 and 3 July)
It was just one more sign that the Games were only two weeks away.
Saturday also saw a rehearsal for one of the most important parts of the opening ceremony-the lighting of the Olympic flame. This year the flame will be transmitted by laser beam via satellite from Greece to Ottowa, where it will ignite fuel in an urn on Parliament Hill. From there, 500 runners will relay the torch to Montreal.
The satellite operation will take one-twentieth of a second and cost 230,000 dollars (GBP 115,000 sterling). Just in case it doesn't work, four flames are being flown in from Greece as an emergency measure.
Saturday's rehearsal was impended as the torch stand has not yet been completed, and construction workers were still in the main stadium, but officials are still hopeful that all will be in order by July 17.