INTRODUCTION: South Korea put in the successful bid for the 1988 summer Olympic Games which will be staged in the capital Seoul City.
SV President of IOC Samaranch speaking in French
SV South Korean delegates rejoice (2 shots)
GV Seoul city, future venue of 1988 Olympics
SV PULL BACK TO GV South gate to city
GV Main thoroughfare through city
GV PAN Sports complex already built
GV Busy street
SV People walking in streets (2 shots)
SV PULL BACK TO GV Buildings under construction
GV Road and traffic
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Background: INTRODUCTION: South Korea put in the successful bid for the 1988 summer Olympic Games which will be staged in the capital Seoul City. The decision was announced at the International Olympic Congress in Baden-Baden, West Germany on Wednesday (30 September). The 1988 winter Olympics were awarded to the Canadian city of Calgary in Alberta province.
SYNOPSIS: The International Olympics Committee (IOC) had to decide between submissions presented by the Japanese industrial city of Nagoya and the South Korean capital. South Korea has spent around one million dollars on its impressive bid and promised a massive budget would be allocated to stage the games. IOC President Juan Antonia Samaranch announced the voting result. Seoul had received 52 votes, compared to 27 for Nagoya.
There was jubilation in the South Korean camp. Awarding the games to Seoul makes South Korea the first of the developing nations to host the Olympics.
Seoul already has 60-per cent of the facilities needed for the games and is currently building a 100,000 capacity stadium. Although South Korea does not have diplomatic ties with Communist nations. it has promised athletes from these countries will be allowed to compete freely. South Korean athletes did not attend the Moscow Olympics as part of their country's Soviet boycott over the presence of Soviet troops in Afghanistan.
Seoul has a population of almost seven million people. The busy South Korean capital has gone through a building boom since the end of the war in the early '50's with North Korea. Visitors to the 1988 Olympics will also be able to see many traditional Koran arts and some breathtaking scenery.