Lord Killanin, President of the International Olympic Committee has described the Montreal Games as a fantastic success.
SV EXTERIOR: Olympic village
GV and SV: People in olympic village (3 shots)
SV: group taking photographs
GV: athletes walking around village
SV: Athlete loading luggage onto trolley (3 shots)
GV: truck leaving village
SV and GV: busses leaving olympic village (British) (5 shots)
SV INTERIOR: Soviet team in press conference room (3 shots)
CU: David Ambartsumyan (team diver)
SV and CU: Deputy Chief of Soviet team Anatoly Koleson speaking in Russian (3 shots)
GV and CU: aftermath of damage at bombed aeroflot office (9 shots)
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Background: Lord Killanin, President of the International Olympic Committee has described the Montreal Games as a fantastic success. He said great problems had been overcome during the construction of the games site and during the political crises of the past month.
SYNOPSIS: As the athletes left the Olympic village, plans were already being made for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Lord Killanin said work had started immediately on passing to Moscow masses of information gained during the planning of the Montreal Games.
During the lat two weeks, Soviet officials have been active, studying the organisation at Montreal, communications facilities and the press and broadcasting coverage. More than 10,000 athletes had been accommodated at the Olympic Village and most of them were expected to have returned home within a week of the end of the games.
Although the village was rapidly emptying, strict security was maintained by the Canadian.when luggage was moved, it was Canadian soldiers who drove the vehicles. A London double-deck bus had been used by the British team as a support vehicle. The 18-year-old veteran was auctioned since it was of no further use at the end of the games.
Soviet Olympic officials held a press conference on Monday (2 August) and said a seventeen year old Russian diver who defected to Canada had been abduced and brainwashed by terrorists.
The Deputy Chief of the Soviet Delegation, Anatoly Kolesov, said it was apparent that the young diver had been brainwashed by highly-trained specialists. He said that Sergei Nemtsanov was pale, had an absent stare and repeated slogans like a parrot. Mr. Kolesov demanded that the young defeater be returned to the custody of the Soviet team. He said that coming sporting events in North America had been cancelled because of the incident and future sports relations with Canada were in jeopardy. Mr. Kolesov said the Soviet team had been subjected to daily provocations. Meanwhile, a Canadian Russian interpreter has revealed he was dismissed for trying to persuade Soviet athletes to defect. The Soviet officials referred to the interpreter's efforts at the press conference.
The day before the press conference, thee was an attack on the Montreal office of Aeroflot, the national Soviet airline. In the early hours of the morning, the front window was smashed and paint was thrown at the building. Anti-Soviet groups in Montreal are blamed for the attack.