The Duke of Kent today (Saturday) opened the Meadowbank Sports Centre at Edinburgh, Scotland, site for the forthcoming British Commonwealth Games, due to start in July.
CU ZOOM TO SV Games signboard and flags
SV People walk around outside stadium
GV PAN INT Stadium
GV Highland band past
CU Welcome on illuminated board for Duke of Kent
SV ZOOM TO CU Duke of Kent stands to make opening speech
MV Duke of Kent speaking (2 shots)
SV Audience applauds.
GV Ditto PAN TO track
GV Men's 100 metres hurdles
GV Girl practising high jump
LV Dog runs onto track
GV Cyclist in centro of cycle track
GV Cyclist past
GV PAN Long distance runners around track.
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Background: The Duke of Kent today (Saturday) opened the Meadowbank Sports Centre at Edinburgh, Scotland, site for the forthcoming British Commonwealth Games, due to start in July.
The Commonwealth Games are second in importance only to the Olympics, and are held every four years. Full-scale Commonwealth participation this year is in doubt following the recent threat by 13 African countries to withdraw from the Games unless the forthcoming South Africans' cricket tour of British is cancelled. The new Meadowbank Centre and sports village have been constructed specially for the event at a cost of over GBP2 million.
After the official opening today by the Duke, there was pre-games programme of athletics, including track events, cycling, judo and basketball.
Once the Commonwealth Games are completed, the Meadowbank Centre will serve the long-term purpose of providing a new headquarters for developing sport throughout Scotland.
The centre is only 1 1/2 miles (2.4 Kms) from the centre of Edinburgh. Focal point of the area is the athletics stadium itself, with an eight-lane 400 metres track surrounding a grass football pitch. Track and run-ups are finished in tartan all-weather surfacing to the same specifications as the Mexico Olympics arena. In addition, the new centre includes a village to provide ultra-modern comfort for the competing athletes. A team of 20 catering experts will be on hand to prepare a wide variety of high-protein meals to make sure competitors are well fed.