The Palace of Aquatic Sports - swimming venue for the 1980 Olympic Games - has been opened in Moscow.
GV EXTERIOR PAN TO: New building housing Olympic swimming pool
SV INTERIOR: Ceremony handing over swimming pool key Galina Prosumeushchikova, former Olympic swimming champion.
GV PAN: Parade of swimmers around edge of pool ZOOM INTO score board
GV: Bear Paraded before crowd
SV PULL BACK TO GV: Start of first race. Builders competing. (3 shots)
GV PAN: Men's breaststroke race by Olympic athletes (3 shots)
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Background: The Palace of Aquatic Sports - swimming venue for the 1980 Olympic Games - has been opened in Moscow. The pools, which are to be used for swimming events and water polo, were first used on Friday (23 May) during the Soviet labour holiday.
SYNOPSIS: The palace, which is part of the Olympic Sports Complex, took three years to build. On Saturday (24 May) the builders handed over the key to the pools to Muscovite, Galina Prosumenschikova, the former breaststroke world champion and record holder representing Soviet athletes.
Between the main swimming and diving pools the builders have set a soundproofing partition. The complex has a powerful air conditioning system and ozonisation and water purification equipment. It will seat up to fifteen thousand people. Among those attending the opening were famous Soviet sportsmen and women.
A bear cub - the symbol the Soviets have chosen for the coming games - was warmly welcomed by the audience.
Some of the builders had the honour of starting in the first race in the palace. The Soviet swimming team also was there. There are three pools in the stadium. One of the them has been built as a warm up pool for competitors.
Water in the palace pools is changed six times a day and the Soviet swimming administration is using new cleansing chemicals which they say are harmless to the skin and eyes. On Saturday Lina Kachushite, one of the Soviet swimming hopefuls, clocked a good time of two minutes thirty three point six seconds in the men's two hundred metres breaststroke. The Soviets say work on rooms for coaches, referees, officials and medical staff is nearly completed.