A delegation of Soviet artists and volleyball players arrived in Tananarive, capital of the Malagasy Republic, on Friday (18 May) for a month-long tour.
LV PAN Soviet Delegation across tarmac
SV Greeted by Toure
SV More leave aircraft
SV Soviet delegates receive flowers from girls (3 shots)
SV People on balcony (3 shots)
SV Soviets towards building (2 shots)
CU Baggage & delegate filming (2 shots)
LV Enters building
SCU Sign on car 'Volleyball Svieto Malagasy'
CU & LV Russians watch as first party leave airport by coach (2 shots)
Initials SGM/1620 SGM/1645
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Background: A delegation of Soviet artists and volleyball players arrived in Tananarive, capital of the Malagasy Republic, on Friday (18 May) for a month-long tour.
The delegation, consisting of twenty-five artists and nineteen volleyball players, had been invited by the Government of Malagasy.
The volleyball team, which comes from Kazakhatan, will play a series of matches against local teams. Since the local players have had very little international experience, other than in Africa, it is unlikely that the Soviet team will be defeated. However, it is hoped that in playing against world-class players the Malagasy teams will learn much, not only about loctics, but also about their own potential.
The artists will be exhibiting their work, and demonstrating artistic techniques in Tananarive and other towns in Madagascar.
The Soviet Union was the first East European nation to recognise the regime of General Remanantosoa, which came to power in May of last year. This, the first official exchange between the two countries will, it is hoped, mark the beginning of an era of close Malagasy-Soviet cooperation.
SYNOPSIS: Both the Soviet artists and volleyball players will be making a particular point of being seen in towns other than the capital, Tananarive. For it is hoped that this will enable the ordinary people of Malagasy to see that the people of the Soviet Union are their friends.
The Soviet representatives are expected to stay in the Malagasy Republic until the 18th of June.