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    SAINT QUENTIN, FRANCE

    The Soviet national basketball squad took part in a qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games in France on May 15, but a Soviet team official confirmed it would not compete at the Los Angeles Games in July.

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    1. GV Sign above front of hall, reading Pre-Olympic Tournament, Men's Senior Category at Saint Quentin Sports' Palace, (Sweden, Soviet Union, Finland and Ireland) 0.04
    2. GVs/SVs Soviet team dribbling, shooting, and practising marking techniques at training session (9 shots) 1.09
    3. SV Prof. Igor Preodorajenski, Soviet team official answering reporter's question (FRENCH SOT) 1.48
    4. GVs Soviet team lined up facing spectators before game (2 shots) 1.53
    5. USSR in red, Finland in blue: GVs Finnish attack breaks down, Russians break away, and score basket 2.04
    6. SV/GV Finland attack and score basket (2 shots) 2.23
    7. GV Scoreboard showing half-time score: USSR 58: Finland 34 2.27
    8. GVs Finnish and Russian players sitting on sideline (2 shots) 2.32
    9. TV & GV End of match, scoreboard showing USSR lll: Finland 88. (3 shots) 2.53
    10. GV PAN Soviet players walk off and wave to applauding crowd 3.09
    InitialsMLE/BB

    SPORT: BASKETBALL.EUROVISION RECORDING
    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: SAINT QUENTIN, FRANCE

    The Soviet national basketball squad took part in a qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games in France on May 15, but a Soviet team official confirmed it would not compete at the Los Angeles Games in July. The Soviet team was preparing for a match against Finland in the northern city of Saint Quentin. The team official, Professor Igor Preodorajenski, spoke at the city's sports palace before the match. In answer to reporters' questions, he said the Soviet Union had no quarrel with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), adding that the Soviet athletes were in France as active members of the federation. Their aim, he said, was to take part in previously planned matches. The Soviet players and their coach, Alexander Gomelski, arrived in Paris on May 11, and flew to the southwestern city of Toulouse for a friendly match against the French national team. During their three-day stay in Saint Quentin, they were due to take part in a pre-Olympic qualifying round also involving Sweden, Finland, and the Republic of Ireland. On arrival in the French capital, the Soviet coach said that, like all Soviet athletes, the basketball players regretted the Soviet boycott. Professor Preodorajenski reiterated his fellow-countryman's statement, and pointed out that the decision was taken by the Soviet Olympics Committee -- a totally separate body from FIBA. He insisted that Soviet players were France mainly to learn modern basketball techniques. However, their own techniques proved more than adequate against their opponents of the day -- Finland. Although the Finnish players battled hard, the Russians controlled the game almost from the start, increasing their half-time lead to a resounding 111-88 victory. Soviet basketball teams won bronze medals in the last two Olympics, and took the Gold Medal in 1972. The team's presence in France has led to speculation that the Soviet Union might reconsider its decision not to take part in the Games.

    Source: REUTERS - PIERRE RIHOUET

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    Film ID:
    VLVA22O8XE9EECYEQB4RVGRN4QQLY
    Media URN:
    VLVA22O8XE9EECYEQB4RVGRN4QQLY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/05/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:10:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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