In Moscow last week the Soviet Olympic Committee confirmed that it had signed what was described as a "co-operations agreement" with a trading company in the United States for the American television rights to the 1980 Olympic Games.
GV Model of Olympic village in Moscow, U.S.S.R. (3 shots)
GV & SV Cranes at work on construction site (2 shots)
SV & CU Welders at work
SV Mechanical shovel loading lorry
SV & GV Hotel complex under construction (3 shots)
When completed the Moscow Olympic Village will provide living space for 12,000 athletes, a roofed stadium seating 45,000 people and a computer centre as well as other installations.
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Background: In Moscow last week the Soviet Olympic Committee confirmed that it had signed what was described as a "co-operations agreement" with a trading company in the United States for the American television rights to the 1980 Olympic Games. This move cam about after the three top United States networks had walked out of negotiations, after being told that whoever landed the contract to cover the Games would have to guarantee 50 million U.S. dollars for basic facilities, apart from their payment for the rights. Estimates on what it will cost to win the U.S. television rights have run as high as 100 million U.S. dollars.
SYNOPSIS: Meanwhile preparations for the 22nd Olympiad are already well underway in Moscow, with the City Council engaged in a comprehensive building programme, after studies had been made of the experiences of other Olympic cities. Plans are already way ahead of schedule--in stark contrast to the situation in Montreal this year, when some buildings were still unfinished when the Games started.
The Soviet capital already has over 5,000 sports installations. But as all of them do not come up to Olympic standards, some are being reconstructed while new installations specially for the Olympic are being built.
A giant hotel complex in the Izmailovo district is one of these. Work on the project began a short while ago, and when completed it will provide accommodation for 10-thousand people together with a concert hall and cinema. In another part of Moscow work on the Sevastopol hotel complex is in full swing -- despite the rigors of the Soviet winter.