• Short Summary

    WITH ELEVEN DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE START OF THE 1964 TOKYO OLYMPICS, JAPANESE OLYMPIC ORGANISERS ARE MAKING EVERY POSSIBLE EFFORT TO PROVIDE COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR ALL EIGHT THOUSAND COMPETITIONS AND OFFICIALS.

  • Description

    1.
    LS (PAN) SPECTATORS INSIDE STADIUM
    4 1/2 ft

    2.
    MS BAND MASTER CONDUCTING ORCHESTRA
    6 1/2 ft

    3.
    MS AUSTRALIAN TEAM PLACARD CARRIED INTO STADIUM (TWO SHOTS)
    11 1/2 ft

    4.
    LS HONGKONG -------DITTO-------
    16 ft

    5.
    MS TIMEKEEPER RECORDING TIME
    17 ft

    6.
    MS MALAYSIAN TEAM PLACARD INTO STADIUM
    21 ft

    7.
    MS SCOREBOARD WITH NAMES OF PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES
    23 ft

    8.
    MS NEW ZEALAND TEAM PLACARD
    29 ft

    9.
    CU TIMEKEEPER
    30 1/2 ft

    10.
    MS THAI TEAM PLACARD
    35 1/2 ft

    11.
    MLS BAND MASTER CONDUCTING
    37 1/2 ft

    12.
    MS THAI TEAM PLACARD
    43 ft

    13.
    MLS 'TEAMS' LINING UP
    45 1/2 ft

    14.
    LS TORCH BEARER ARRIVES INSIDE STADIUM
    49 ft

    15.
    MS FANFARE (TWO SHOTS)
    51 1/2 ft

    16.
    LS RELEASED BALLOONS
    54 ft

    17.
    LS TORCH BEARER RUNS UP STEPS TO GAS URN (THREE SHOTS)
    69 1/2 ft

    18.
    LS SCOREBOARD AND FLAGS
    71 1/2 ft

    19.
    MS RUNNER LIGHTS GAS URN AND RUNS OFF (TWO SHOTS)
    76 ft

    20.
    LS LIGHT URN
    78 ft

    21.
    LS RELEASED PIGEONS
    81 1/2 ft

    22.
    MLS SCHOOLCHILDREN SINGING
    84 ft

    23.
    LS PIGEONS IN FLIGHT
    88 ft



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: WITH ELEVEN DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE START OF THE 1964 TOKYO OLYMPICS, JAPANESE OLYMPIC ORGANISERS ARE MAKING EVERY POSSIBLE EFFORT TO PROVIDE COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR ALL EIGHT THOUSAND COMPETITIONS AND OFFICIALS.

    ON SEPTEMBER 27, AN OLYMPIC DRESS REHEARSAL WAS HELD AT THE TOKYO NATIONAL STADIUM. MORE THAN FIFTEEN THOUSAND SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS ATTENDED. THOSE WHO TOOK PART WERE DRAWN FROM THE SELF-DEFENCE FORCES, SCOUT MOVEMENTS AND SCHOOLS.

    THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS A COLOURFUL EVENT. JAPANESE MEN AND WOMEN, WHO HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED TO WORK DURING THE TWO-WEEK OLYMPIC PERIOD, CARRIED PLACARDS OF PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES.

    AS THE PLACARD OF EACH COUNTRY WAS CARRIED INTO THE STADIUM, THE OLYMPIC FLAG WAS HOISTED BY A MEMBER OF THE JAPANESE SELF DEFENCE FORCE.

    NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD YOSHINORI SAKAI, A COLLEGE STUDENT, WHO WAS SELECTED AS THE LAST JAPANESE TORCH RUNNER, CARRIED THE TORCH INTO THE STADIUM AND WAS ENTHUSIASTICALLY APPLAUDED BY THE SPECTATORS. YOSHINORI SAKAI RAN UP THE FLIGHT OF STEPS TO LIGHT A GIANT GAS URN TO THE ACCOMPANIMENT OF A FANFARE PLAYED BY AN ORCHESTRA.

    TO WIND UP THE CEREMONY, THOUSANDS OF COLOURED BALLOONS AND PIGEONS WERE RELEASED IN THE STADIUM.

    MEANWHILE, THE NUMBER OF RESIDENTS AT THE OLYMPIC MAIN AND BRANCH VILLAGES ROSE TO 1,435 FROM MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF THE 98 COMPETING COUNTRIES.

    THE LIVES OF ATHLETES AND OFFICIALS LIVING IN THE VILLAGE HAVE BEEN INSURED BY THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE. THE BENEFIT, PAYABLE ONLY IF THE INSURED PERSON DIES WHILE STILL LIVING IN THE VILLAGE, IS NEARBY TWICE AS BIG AS THE SUM FOR WHICH ATHLETES AND OFFICIALS WERE INSURED DURING THE ROME OLYMPICS IN 1960.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2J062JQA9QT1EKDLS9FOE58YF
    Media URN:
    VLVA2J062JQA9QT1EKDLS9FOE58YF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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